Growing Eleagnus Shrubs?

Q: I am planting eleagnus around my property. I found one with berries and seeds. Can I plant them and grow more shrubs? 

A: Before you plant more eleagnus, consider that many people call it a noxious weed. I grant that it grows rapidly and can form an impenetrable screen. It also provides food for wildlife. But once your eleagnus shrubs start producing seeds, you’ll find sprouts everywhere you don’t want them on your property. I have a list of better screening plants at

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