ehilborn at mebtel.net
Tue Feb 21 19:37:55 EST 2012
I think that Eleagnus pungens (ripening now) is out of control here in
central NC zones 7 - 8. It commonly lines roadsides and volunteers in
The birds and squirrels apparently spread it around.
On 2/21/2012 1:49 PM, alexis at conev.org wrote:
> Eleagnus umbellata is not the same as eleagnus pungens. Eleagnus umbellata blooms in the spring, and ripens in the fall, commonly known as autumn olive, and is VERY invasive in the southeast. Eleagnus pungens, called silverberry by some (other berries seem to go by this moniker as well) blooms in the fall and carries its fruit through winter, ripening very early in the spring, in winter in the far south, also listed as invasive in some places. I don't know if it is as aggressive in spreading as autumn olive. Sounds like there is at least one vote for the fruit of pungens not making it through zone 6 winters. If anyone has any comment on the invasiveness of pungens in zone 7, that would be useful too. I know the autumn olive is completely out of control in central VA. Would be pleased to have pungens in later winter early spring if it will ripen fruit here and if it is not invasive in this climate.
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