This past weekend I checked the trees on my winter storage shelves to find a couple of Autumn Olive, Elaeagnus umbellata, pushing new leaves… It was February 12!

We have had a mild winter here in Virginia, and I don’t think these guys need much in the way of chilling hours. 

This little shohin size tree is one I have played with since 2012 in an effort to get to know the growth habits of the species. I had it in an earthenware pot, so no surprise (or big deal) that I found the pot had broken. It’s due for root pruning as well, so I decided to do the work now before the leaves came in even further.  

Here it is with a new pot, a new planting angle, and just a bit of trimming.