Silverberry is a very beautiful ornamental evergreen shrub.
Summary: key silverberry facts
Name – Elaeagnus x commutata
Family – Elaeagnaceae
Type – shrub
Height – 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) depending on the variety
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – evergreen or deciduous
Flowering – May to June
Care, planting and annual pruning help enhance the growth of your silverberry plants.
Silverberry is best planted in fall, but it copes perfectly with being planted all year round if purchased potted.
- If you plant during winter or during summer, avoid frost and freezing and heat waves, respectively.
- Silverberry prefers locations with high exposure to sunlight.
- It doesn’t really like waterlogged soil.
- Ideally, a mix of soil mix and garden soil is prepared upon planting.
To make a hedge, space trunks around 3 feet (1 meter) apart.
- Choose well drained soil and follow our guidance for planting shrubs.
Silverberry can be pruned at the beginning of spring or in fall.
Silverberry shrubs grow back after all sorts of pruning, even if these were drastic.
They can thus be given different shapes, such as a big ball or other, without hindering their development.
- Follow our advice on pruning shrubs.
All there is to know about silverberry
Being extremely hardy and very beautiful with its silver-gold hues, silverberry is making a comeback among the favorite plants in our gardens.
Evergreen varieties reflect light towards your flower beds or lighten up your hedges all year round.
An interesting species which belongs to the same Elaeagnus genus is Elaeagnus angustifolia, also called Russian olive tree.
Another species with appealing yellow-mottled leaves is Eleagnus pungens maculata.
Smart tip about silverberry
Elaeagnus usually doesn’t do well in very wet ground.
Avoid waterlogged soil and stagnant water or your plant will dwindle away.
Read more on shrubs:
- Go for green all year-round and start an evergreen hedge.
- Or create a flowered hedge that blooms as seasons fly by.
- Attract birds with berry shrubs.
- Learn to create mixed hedges which are great barriers against diseases and parasites.
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Tall silverberry tree by George under © CC BY 2.0
Silverberry flower by Brigitte Rieser under © CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Silverberry fruits by Matt Lavin under © CC BY-SA 2.0