Many years ago I put in an Elaeagnus x ebbingei (Pungens and silverthorn) hedge and I was hoping that the growth would slow down and it would be easier to trim each fall. This hedge is maybe 10 years old now and so far it is just as out of control as before.
Will it eventually stop growing so much? Should I replace it with something that does not grow as tall (Goumi maybe)? I want some privacy, so 5 to 6 feet tall and getting fruit, feeding bees and nitrogen fixing is good too. I live in Zone 7B (North Alabama)
All suggestions welcome.
Plant a seed and see if it grows. Some seeds do not grow well but others grow beyond your expectations.
Since I live about 6 miles from you I have been looking for something similar. Have you considered the southern bayberry or also known as the southern wax myrtle? It is a nitrogen fixer and has blooms for the bees and waxy berries for the birds. The wax on the berries can be collected for scented candles. But not much in the way for something to eat. It is evergreen in our area. I am in my second attempt to start some from seed. The first attempt was a failure. I can let you know if my second attempt works.
Location: Huntsville Alabama (North Alabama), Zone 7B