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Elaeagnus Quicksilver


Interesting silver foliage perfect as a backdrop for other plants

A large, graceful shrub with narrow-willow-like leaves of soft silver. The branches are arching and drooping at the tips and are weighed down by the abundant foliage. In midsummer tiny cream flowers appear along the branches, filling the garden with their sweet fragrance. This is a deciduous elaeagnus and perhaps the largest silver foliage shrub: superb with purple foliage subjects.


Plant in full sun in large beds or borders; a superb backdrop at the back of a border.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Can be pruned in winter to control size and shape.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering May - July
Evergreen No
Plant height 500 cm - 700 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From March to September