Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'COMPACTA'

Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'COMPACTA'
evergreen silverthorn
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:silvery-blue and green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
BLOOMING TIME September - October
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Hedging plants
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Evergreen silverthorn is a natural hybrid of e. macrophylla with large, evergreen, rather rounded leaves and vigorously growing e. pungens with narrower foliage and thorns. It is sometimes called Russian olive which is not correct as this name is already used for its deciduous sister e. angustifolia. It is described to have been discovered by a Dutch horticulturist Simon Doorenbos (1891-1980) who named it after another Dutch botanist J.W.E. Ebbinge in 1929. However, many years later it was pointed out that a Swiss botanist Camille Servettaz (1870-1947) found this mutation, too, and named it elaeagnus x submacrophylla already in 1909. In spite of that, the whole horticultural world still sticks to e. x ebbingei and we do, too, if you don’t mind.

Compacta is a recent selection of Evergreen (Ebbing's) silverthorn, very probably of Italian origin (not confirmed). Unlike its mother plant - the species of Ebbing's silverthorn - it makes a compact and well-behaved shrub without overgrown twigs in one season. In fact, this sport makes quite a handsome shrub. It has more prominent silvery leaves when they emerge, as if covered with stardust, which mature to glossy dark green. They are evergreen, leathery but thinner than those on cherry laurels, and somewhat wavy. Another nice feature is the colour of the twigs and branches which exhibit several tones of honey - sandy yellow at the tops to orange brown at the bottom.

Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and appear from late summer to early autumn. Being hard to see does not mean they are insignificant - their perfume is the essential attribute. They have a lovely, sweet fragrance, especially in late afternoon and the evening. After mild winters they are followed by edible fruit in spring. They are 1,5cm long with a small pit, oval, deep red, and taste like sweet morello cherries. It is best to let them ripen well which is when they begin to fall.

You can prune it at almost any time from spring till autumn. It is soil adaptable but needs mulching in our climate to protect surface roots from dry frost. It is reasonably hardy yet we suggest planting it in winter shade in colder regions. Even after severe frosts it always re-sprouts from healthy wood and makes long new branches. Avoid heavy clay, boggy or wet conditions. It is hardy to min. -23°C (USDA zone 6), and should the temperature drop lower protect it with white woven for maximum of 2 weeks. In frost-free periods provide extra watering if the ground is not frozen.

Last update 07-10-2018
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