Elaeagnus Quicksilver


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Common Name: Russian Olive
Size: 2 litre
Hardiness: H5
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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2-3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Well drained
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Flowering period: June – July
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual height: 2.5 – 4m
  • Eventual spread: 2.5 – 4m

Elaeagnus Quicksilver, also known as the ‘Russian Olive’ is a hybrid of Elaeagnus Pungens and Elaeagnus Commutata. It is a large, deciduous shrub that is known for its silver-grey foliage that is highly ornamental and fragrant. The foliage is glossy and covered with small, silvery scales, giving the plant its name ‘Quicksilver’. The shrub also produces small, fragrant, creamy yellow flowers in the Summer.

In terms of history, this variety of Elaeagnus was developed by the Dutch horticulturist Piet Oudolf in the late 20th century as a part of his New Perennial Movement. He was known for creating new plants that were not only beautiful but also sustainable and easy to care for.

This shrub is perfect for use as a specimen plant, in a mixed border, or as a hedge. It can reach up to 4 metres in height and width. The shrub is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including clay, sandy, and loamy soils, but prefers well-draining soil. It can thrive in full sun to partial shade and is suitable for hedging or the shrub border.

How to care for your Elaeagnus Quicksilver

  • Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate full shade but will have fewer flowers and the leaves will be less vibrant.
  • Water: This shrub is drought-tolerant once established. However, it should be watered regularly during the first growing season to help it establish a deep root system. Once established, it is best to let the soil dry out a bit before watering again. Avoid over-watering, as this can lead to root rot.
  • Soil: It is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, but prefers well-draining soil. It is also tolerant of salt and air pollution, making it a great choice for urban gardens or coastal landscapes.
  • Fertiliser: Fertilise in the Spring with a slow-release fertiliser or compost.
  • Pruning: Prune in late Winter or early Spring before new growth appears. Prune to shape or remove any damaged or diseased branches.
  • Cold hardiness: It is tolerant of temperatures as low as -15°C .

With proper care and attention, this Elaeagnus Quicksilver will thrive and add a beautiful touch to any landscape for many years to come.

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