Silverthorn is a huge sprawling shrub that shoots scores of long branchless stems into the air during the growing season. If grown in the open and left unpruned this beautiful shrub will form a symmetrical mound of foliage that is up to 15 ft (4.6 m) high and 20 ft (6.1 m) in diameter, the ultimate size being dependent on variety and climate. The slender young stems are very pliable and very fast growing. These stems, or "canes" bend to form great arcs if unsupported. When grown adjacent to other plantings silverthorn canes insinuate themselves into the situation as they weave their way among the host's branches in an aggressive bid for sunlight.
Thorny elaeagnus, as it is also called, is a big and beautiful broad-leafed evergreen shrub. In the late fall and early winter it produces scores of flowers that are cream colored, bell shaped, about 0.25 in (0.6 cm) long and are held in small clusters where the leaf joins the stem. To call them drab and nondescript is an understatement. Yet they can grab your attention from hundreds of yards away with their seriously strong-scented but delightfully appealing fragrance.
Culture Thorny elaeagnus is fast growing, easy to care for and tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. Light Part to full sun. Moisture Water when dry for best growth, but silverthorn is able to withstand drought even in light sandy soil. Constantly wet, soggy soil will kill. Hardiness USDA Zones 7-9. Propagation Propagated by softwood or hardwood cuttings and by seed.
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