Elaeagnus pungens ‘Glen St. Mary’

(Compact, Silverberry)


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Elaeagnus pungens ‘Glen St. Mary’ is native to China and Japan. It is a semi-dwarf sprawling, durable, broad-leaved evergreen shrub that typically grows to 8′ tall. Young branchlets are covered with brown scales. Branchlets are usually spiny. Wavy-margined, elliptic to oblong leaves (to 3.5″ long) are lustrous green above but silvery-white and dotted with tiny brown scales below. Small, bell-shaped, creamy white flowers (to 1/4″ long) bloom in axillary clusters in late summer (August-September). Flowers are not particularly showy, but are intensely fragrant (some suggest gardenia-scented). Small, one-seeded, reddish-brown fruits (drupes to 1/2″ long) typically ripen in spring (late March-May). Fruits are technically edible, but perhaps best left for the birds.(Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

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Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9 where it is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Also tolerates shade. Best in light, sandy loams. Established plants are very drought tolerant. This is a vigorous, fast-growing shrub that tolerates a wide variety of soils including poor infertile ones. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils. May spread by suckering. May self seed in the garden. Plants have shown some invasive tendencies (animals and birds help disperse seed) by escaping into natural areas in the southeastern U.S. Best propagated by cuttings. If planted in areas where growth needs to be restrained, this shrub requires constant pruning to keep it in bounds. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Compact, Silverberry

Botanical Name

Elaeagnus pungens 'Glen St. Mary'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


to 8 ft.


to 8 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late summer

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Berry Color


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