About Elaeagnus pungens (Thorny Olive)
This tough evergreen shrub is known as Elaeagnus pungens. Commonly known as Thorny Olive, this large bush grows quickly reaching an average mature landscape size of 8-11′ tall by 8-11′ wide. Not only notable for its size and quick growth, it is also suitable for harsh seaside conditions, below freezing temperatures, occasional neglect and extreme heat. Its interesting foliage first emerges as silver in color then grows into a sharp olive green with contrasting brown undersides. In the fall, fragrant white flowers begin to bloom followed by red-brown fruit.
This plant is also known by other common names which include Silverthorn and Spiney Oleaster.
Care and planting instructions
Plant Thorny Olive in an area that receives full sun to partial shade using well draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help establish its roots, then reduce frequency to once weekly. For a more compact plant or for a manicured look, prune back branches in the late winter. Once established, this plant is drought tolerant.
Landscape design ideas
Elaeagnus pungens makes an excellent privacy screen or border hedge. Its flowers bloom late in the year making it a great addition for those who look for staggered blooming throughout the year.