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Japanese Silverberry

Elaeagnus umbellata

Also known as

Autumn olive

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

5m

2m

Min

2m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Japanese Silverberry Overview

A large, spreading deciduous or semi-deciduous shrub from the Himalayas, China and Japan. Grows from 2m to 5m high with broad, green above-silver beneath, wavy-edged leaves. In late spring and early summer bears profuse clusters of silvery white flowers in the upper leaf axis. These are followed in autumn by crowded, small silvery green that ripen to red. Autumn foliage is pale yellow in colour.

Common problems with Japanese Silverberry

How to propagate Japanese Silverberry

Cuttings

You can propagate the species by seeds in the autumn or evergreen forms by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, deciduous forms by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Seed

Other uses of Japanese Silverberry

Grown for their foliage and small, usually very fragrant flowers, often followed by ornamental fruits. Suitable for coastal conditions.