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PlantFiles: Russian Olive, Oleaster, Ebbinge's Silverberry
Elaeagnus x ebbingei

Family: Elaeagnaceae
Genus: Elaeagnus (el-ee-AG-nus) (Info)
Species: x ebbingei

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive AlextD On Apr 19, 2013, AlextD from London
United Kingdom wrote:

There are few shrubs in coastal districts that will take high winds better than this one. Short of being physically ripped out of the ground by gales, it will grow pretty much anywhere without complaint. A real survivor.

Has done well in soils up to PH 8.0 in my experience and not sure about reports of it being invasive - the seed is very slow and irregular to germinate. On that point is the only downside for me: an unwillingness to fruit in milder areas unless there's a proper winter freeze.

Positive jujubetexas On Mar 7, 2009, jujubetexas from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

A very drought tolerant plant that produces large amounts of berries. The berries are very astringent until they are very ripe and then become sweet with a cantalope after taste. They say they are self fertile but I think they produce more with two. They say the seed is edible but I crunched into one and they were kinda bitter. They say invasive so take care.


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

Rosamond, California
Marietta, Georgia
Tupelo, Mississippi
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Como, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Moncks Corner, South Carolina

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