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silverthorn

Q: I found this evergreen shrub at one of our beach public access areas. Can you tell me what it is?

Q:  I found this evergreen shrub at one of our beach public access areas.  I would normally not have noticed it but with most of the plants brown from the winter it happened to stand out.  Can you tell me what it is?
A:  Since you brought in a clipping of it I was able to better identify it.  The shrub is most likely Silverthorn, Elaeagnus pungens. This plant is a non-native and has been classified as a Class II invasive which means it is a plant to watch as it has the potential for becoming a problem in wildlife areas. Most likely, the local government would be interested in removing it from the public site and this is the time of year to best control it as it is easy to locate.  http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/653