Elaeagnus x ebbingei - Evergreen Silverberry

  • A good, tolerant evergreen shub that produces strongly scented flowers as well as sweet and edible fruits that are 2-3cm in length. Tolerating drought and maritime exposure it can be grown in a container on the patio, making a good bonsai.  In September, creamy white, bell shaped flowers are borne which consist of a sweet scent when open attracting the wildlife. The orange-red fruits are very ornamental with a pretty silver marble effect, they are edible raw or cooked (including the seed) when fully ripe as they make a good addition to jams.

Other common names:   Ebbinge's Silverberry
Native to:     a cross between E macrophylla and E reflexa
Family:     Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster Family)
Habit (UK conditions):  evergreen shrub
Max. size in 10 years:   3m x 3m
Main value:    silvery leaves, fragrant flowers, masses of bright red fruits
Flower colour:    yellow, small, very scented
Flowering period:   Autumn
Autumn coloration:   -
Preferences:    very adaptable plant, tolerates wind, heat, sea breeze, urban pollution; it can be grown in any soil apart from waterlogged sites
Hardiness:    it is hardy in England and Wales, and the low parts of Scotland
Is it toxic?    no
Is it edible?    yes, berries are eaten raw or cooked: they have a good sweet - acid balance (it has to be ripe otherwise it is astringent)

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