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Elaeagnus pungens Maculata


Variegated Silverberry

Easy to grow with rich gold variegated leaves

The variegated Silverberry is an evergreen shrub that lights up the dark corners of your garden. It is quick growing and its branches are arched and spiny. Its bright yellow leaves are outlined in green. The twigs are of a metallic copper hue, and the undersides of the leaves have speckles of copper too. They are hard to see, but its flowers are very fragrant.


It looks great as an informal screen, in borders, and beds.


Once fully established, it is drought resistant, but appreciates occasional watering in competitive situations, like very dry weather.

Once fully established, it is drought resistant, but appreciates occasional watering in dry weather.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering September - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 380 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Banks and slopes, City garden, Courtyard garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September