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Latin Name: Elaeagnus commutata


Family: Elaeagnaceae

Native Range: Canadian prairies

Seed Source: Seed block near Indian Head Saskatchewan.

Height and Spread: 3m x 1m (10 years)

Overview: A colonizing plant that is a nitrogen fixer that spreads by underground stems. It is extremely hardy and adapted to low-quality, droughty soils. Seeds produce a mixture of male and female plants. It prefers well-drained soils of medium texture

Fruits: A silver coloured dry achene 3 to 6mm long. Fruits remain on shrubs over winter.


Stratification: Stratify seeds for 60 days at 5C.

Ideal sowing time: Stratified seed in late May, non-stratified seed in October

Sowing instructions: Sow 2 cm deep. Outdoor seedbed- sow 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse- sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: Does well on a variety of soils, requires full sunlight, does not tolerate shade.

Agroforestry Value

Excellent for soil stabilization, reclamation, and wildlife habitat plantings.