Elaeagnus angustifolia -- Russian Olive

See also Elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn Olive)

Non-native* (Eurasia)

Other names:  Silverberry, Wild Olive, Oleaster



[10, Les Mehrhoff]


E. angustifolia (Autumn Olive) is a closely related species that can be distinguished by the seeds, leaves and mature fruits. The seeds of E. angustifolia are slightly larger than the seeds of E. umbellata. E. angustifolia has pubescent leaves while the leaves of E. umbellata are glabrous. Mature fruits of E. umbellata are red; mature fruits of E. angustifolia are green (rarely red).

Fruit ripening dates: August through October

Seed dispersal dates: Throughout winter


* Listed as invasive in natural areas by the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.

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