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Elaeagnus pungens

Family: Elaeagnaceae
Genus: Elaeagnus (el-ee-AG-nus) (Info)
Species: pungens (PUN-gens) (Info)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral amallen On Oct 25, 2013, amallen from Johns Island, SC wrote:

Grows extremely well on Low Country Barrier Islands but away from salt air. If not pruned regularly can get out of control. Flowers are not noticeable. Fragrance in Oct-Nov. is particularly heavy early morning and evening. May be too fragrant for some.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Nov 15, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This sprawling, evergreen shrub has attractive foliage and fragrant flowers. The fruit is edible, but not tasty. In Florida, it has escaped cultivation in some areas and is listed as a Category II Pest Plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuskegee, Alabama
Concord, California
Bartow, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Nokomis, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Buford, Georgia
Covington, Louisiana
Charlotte, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Beaufort, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Johns Island, South Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Richmond, Texas

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