Eleagno (Eleagnus pungens)

The Eleagnus pungens is native to the family Elaeagnaceae, an interesting shrub that has several attractive qualities in the market. Of all the species that the family has, only a few are officially recognized and one of them is this one, this being a small shrub that can be found on the Asian continent.

Next we will talk about this species and what are its most important characteristics. Pay close attention, since it is a small shrub with greenish leaves that are quite small, reaching up to four meters in height, which makes it ideal for any small garden.


It has some varieties that influence the color of the leaf. Sometimes it is entirely green, while others have flashes of yellow that gives it a special touch. Despite being quite a pretty shrub, its flowers are actually very low value from an ornamental point of view. It is not used to be commercialized as an ornament and to set a site.

They generally have a very moderate growth and do not exceed five meters in height. Its foliage is more than interesting, being its main attraction in the eyes of visitors. They are quite wide, they do not have spikes or thorns, so they can be without problems in gardens with children and pets.

Due to being very leafy, they are very useful to cover any small wall that we have in our home or business. We can also join it with other plants and form a row of very beautiful bushes. One of the strengths of these species is that they are very resistant to pests and other diseases that plants usually receive.

Obviously they can die, however with preventive care the chances are rather low. We can find them in the most tropical areas of the Asian continent, where heavy rains and heat are part of the day to day.

It is definitely a series of more than interesting plants that can be used domestically in your home, garden or business. Its care is quite basic, so just watering it once or twice a week will be more than enough, yes, it must be paid in early spring so that during the rest of the year it has significant stability and does not suffer any complications.

Eleagnus pungens care

He is a lover of the sun, although from time to time some shade is useful for him to grow healthily. When it is too hot, you have to provide it with water so that it is hydrated without reaching waterlogging. It supports mild frosts, however it is not a species suitable for excessive cold, but yes, if there are more than 10 frosts a year in your sector, the plant will not bear it.

The soil must be fertile, well drained, although it is compatible to a lesser extent with dry soil and the cooler the environment, the better for it. We must prune it at the end of winter, where its leaves begin to produce green foliage that needs to be removed so that the new “young” begin to emerge.

How does it multiply?

The way we can multiply it is through seeds that can germinate in their second year. The seed has to be the original for the same species to come out. Now, if what is wanted is a variable, the grafts should be cultivated in the months of July or August.


Although we have mentioned that it does not have an ornamental value as such, it has very lush foliage that attracts the attention of anyone who passes by your garden. In this sense, if it is planted in a very busy place, it will give it a wonderful appearance and color, although it is very common for its branches to be used as part of other flowers.

This shrub is simply wonderful. It does not get sick and it is quite inexpensive to maintain, so if you are looking for a durable species that does not need a lot of care to have in your home, this is a great candidate.


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