(Autumn Olive) An unusual and enchanting large shrub native to the thin, hillside woods of China and Japan, Elaeagnus umbellata has masses of tiny, elusively fragrant flowers in early summer.
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An unusual and enchanting large shrub native to the thin, hillside woods of China and Japan, Elaeagnus umbellata has masses of tiny, elusively fragrant flowers in early summer. Sniff the air close to the flowers and you may not smell anything, turn your back to walk away, and the delightful perfume could well stop you in your tracks.
These flowers are followed by edible and juicy, orange fruit after a good warm summer. The fruit are rich in vitamin C, tasty raw and can also be made into jams, preserves although the seeds should be removed where possible as they are quite fibrous. A wonderfully scented garden plant!
- Position: Full sun or partial shade.
- Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Flowering Period: May - June.
- Flower Colour: Greenish-white
- Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
- Habit: Elaeagnus umbellata grows to be a large branching, rounded shrub.
- Height: 4 m (13 ft).
- Spread: 4 m (13 ft).
- Notes: This plant is tolerant of windy, dry or coastal areas.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Special: Coastal Areas, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Special: Windy & Exposed
- Special Features
- Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Scented, Fruit - Edible
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