Gardening

Elaeagnus angustifolia, the Bohemian olive tree


Elaeagnus angustifolia is a beautiful, elegant and fast growing shrub.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Elaeagnus angustifolia
Family : Elaeagnaceae

Height
: 2 to 4 m
Exposure : Sunny, partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : Spring -Fruiting : Fall

Ideal as a hedge or isolated, Elaeagnus angustifolia is easy to maintain but also very decorative.

Planting Elaeagnus angustifolia

It is best to plant elaeagnus angustifolia inautumn but we can also perfectly plant itthroughout the year if purchased in a jar.

If you plant your Elaeagnus angustifolia in winter or during summer, avoid periods of frost or hot weather.

  • In hedge, respect a minimum distance of one meter between each shrub.
  • In any case, prefer a well-drained soil and follow our planting tips.
  • Water well during the first year after planting

Elaeagnus angustifolia can also be very invasive at times and has even been declared invasive in some states of the United States.

Elaeagnus angustifolia grows quickly to make a nice shade in summer.

Pruning and maintaining the Elaeagnus

If you want to make it more dense or accelerate its growth, you can prune the shrub lightly during the first years to about 1/3 of the shoots of the previous year.

Elaeagnus angustifolia tolerates pruning very well and should even be watched to remove any suckers, young shoots that grow around the tree, as they go.

  • Elaeagnus angustifolia can prune at early spring or to autumn.
  • Elaeagnus angustifolia is also very resistant to all size shapes, even if these are severe.
  • It can also be given a different shape, in a ball for example, without this hindering its development.
  • Follow our shrub pruning tips.

Diseases of Elaeagnus angustifolia:

Quite rustic overall and very cold hardy, Elaeagnus angustifolia is nonetheless susceptible to certain fungi that can give rise to verticillium wilt.

It is also prone to chlorosis, which causes the leaves of Elaeagnus angustifolia to turn yellow and then die back.

Good to know about Elaeagnus angustifolia

At a time cold resistant and very aesthetic with its golden or silver reflections, Elaeagnus angustifolia is making a comeback among the favorite plants of our gardens.

Eleagnus angustifolia or bohemian olive tree is also an excellent shade tree and is ideal for setting up wild hedges.

It grows much faster than theOlivier.

We also appreciate his fragrant flowers that his edible fruits, although floury, they are used rather cooked or even dried.

Very melliferous, bees particularly appreciate its flowers which make it possible to make high quality honey.

In spring, you will enjoy a soft and discreet flowering, fragrant and melliferous while in autumn appear yellow and silvery fruits, both edible for humans and very popular with birds.

Advice for Elaeagnus angustifolia

Very resistant to spray and wind, Elaeagnus angustifolia is ideal for seaside.


Photo © ClaraNila

Video: Elaeagnus (October 2020).