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Russian-olive Elaeagnus angustifolia

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
el-ee-AG-nus an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh
Description

A large shrub or small tree, that has a rounded form but can be leggy loose and irregular so it will need to be pruned to maintain a tidy appearance.  It is easy to transplant.

Plant in full sun, light sandy or loamy soil but it tolerates a range of soil types.  It is drought and salt spray tolerant but dislikes the summer heat so consider a protected location from the afternoon sun and hot drying winds.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#yellow#small tree#drought tolerant#silvery#silver leaves#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#food source#salt spray tolerant#star shaped flowers#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#yellow#small tree#drought tolerant#silvery#silver leaves#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#food source#salt spray tolerant#star shaped flowers#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Elaeagnus
    Species:
    angustifolia
    Family:
    Elaeagnaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits attract birds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 12 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 12 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Achene but appears drupe-like because of a fleshy outer hypanthium.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Flower Description:
    Small, fragrant, silvery-white flowers in late spring; 0.5 in. silver fruit in late summer; turns red.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Silver-gray to gray-green leaves; leaves hold late into fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt