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Elaeagnus - Not the Best Plant If You Like Neat & Orderly.

Category: Things That Grow In My Garden | Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:32 pm

Elaeagnus by definition is used to: Enhance an evergreen scene with a single silvery specimen or plant in mass for a windbreak, bank cover, barrier hedge or fast growing 'wall' to screen unsightly views. Can be groomed into formal hedging, but will contribute an elegant uncultivated feel to naturalistic gardens if grown without shearing.

When we moved in this plant along our front privacy fence was already out of control. The previous owners never touched it as it grew to heights of 20 feet along this 60' fence. By this summer it looked like this.
( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

I want to get it under control this spring but had to wait until the hundreds of birds that found summer roosts in its dense branches had moved on. Last week I hired a yardman to cut it back and cart off the severed branches and that was not an easy task to say the least. Today that same area looks like this:

( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

I like the new clean look of my front yard and will be working on additional landscaping this spring.

My challenge now is to keep these prolific growing shrubs under control so they will look like this:

( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

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Frank wrote on Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:45 am:

Good luck controlling them AG, hope it goes well.


Jewell2009 wrote on Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:05 am:

Looking good! That's a lot of work both getting under control and keeping it there. It really looks so much larger and more open.

beck5711 wrote on Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:22 am:

I wish you better luck shearing yours than I have had with mine. In the fall the tiny blossoms have a wonderfully sweet fragrance that I can smell all over the yard, and then in early spring... about now.. they produce many speckled, pink tinged "berries" that make the best jelly! Kinda like Mayhaw, if you've been fortunate enough to taste that!! Yumm.. I better go check mine!!

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