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Scientific Name: Elaeagnus angustifolia
Pronunciation: ell-ee-AG-nus an-guss-tih-FOE-lee-uh
Common Name: Russian olive
Family Name: Elaeagnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous, Tree - deciduous, Invasive plant
Key ID Features: Leaves alternate, lanceolate, smooth margin, dense covering of silvery to rusty scales, 4–9 x 1-2.5 cm; flowers in clusters of 1-3, 1 cm long with a four-lobed creamy yellow calyx, early summer; fruit 1-1.7 cm long, orange-red when ripe, covered in silvery scales.
Course(s): not used (off campus)

Habit: Spreading, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:5 - 7m
Spread:5 - 7m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, Hedge row, Screening, Summer interest
Additional Info: Google
Russian olive
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation:
Colour in Summer: Green, Silver / Grayish, Dark green above, silvery underside
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Lanceolate, Linear
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type:
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:0
Corolla Shape:Cruciform
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): White, Yellow
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Jul, Aug
Additional Info: Four petal-like sepals

Fruit Type: Drupe, Achene
Fruit Colour: Orange, Red
Fruiting Time: Sep
Additional Info: Accessory tissue, Edible, A drupe-like fruit that is really an achene with swollen accessory tissue derived from the sepals; covered in silvery scales - edible but dry and mealy

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Root nodules (N-fixing), Thorns

Propagation: Seed
Pest Susceptibility: Deer resistant, Drought resistant
(NCA) Not Currently Available : not used
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