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( Silverberry )
|'Fruitlandii' is a large, sprawling evergreen shrub, up to 15 feet wide, which can be kept more compact and tidy with pruning, even forming a hedge. Slow growing shrub with wavy, dark green leaves above, silvery undersides. The stems may develop 3 inch long thorns, stems and thorns both covered with brown scales. The flowers are fragrant, silvery-white, usually in threes, emerging from the leaf axils. The inconspicuous flowers bloom in late fall, hidden amongst the leaves, but the fragrance makes up for it. In mid to late spring, the small fruits appear, they are silvery-brown initially, turning red later on, and attract birds.
Tolerant of many soil conditions, salt, drought and pollution. Requires frequent pruning, may contract spider mites. Used extensively in highway plantings; good for erosion control, hedges and natural barriers. Various cultivars have been developed which do not exhibit such a weedy growth habit.
Important Info : The species has a weedy growth habit, not suited to small gardens, try the various cultivars.
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