Elaeagnus × ebbingei
e-lee-AG-nus x e-BING-gee-ei
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen or semi-deciduous shrub, 8-10 ft (2.4-3 m) high and wide, upright, dense. Thornless. Leaves alternate, simple, 5-10 cm long, margins ruffled, glabrous and dark green above with silver scales on the surface, the lower leaf surface covered with translucent scales giving a silver sheen and also brown scales (dots), mid-rib brown. Brown scales on stems and new growth. Blooms in mid- to late-autumn, flowers are small, silvery, and sweetly fragrant. Fruit (spring) is red.
- Sun to part shade. Adaptable to varied soils, can withstand some drought.
- Several cultivars, including the variegated ‘Gilt Edge’ which displays golden-yellow leaf margins.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7 After J.W.E. Ebbinge (Holland), suspected hybrid of E. pungens and E. macrophylla.
- Corvallis: westside of 23rd St. at Polk