Russian Olive Seeds - 12 Seeds - Dense Crown of beautifully low hanging branches, Beautiful Silvery Foliage

Russian Olive Seeds - 12 Seeds - Dense Crown of beautifully low hanging branches, Beautiful Silvery Foliage

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Russian Olive
Elaeagnus angustifolia

Description: Introduced shrub or small tree often with crooked or leaning trunk, dense crown of low branches, silvery foliage, and sometimes spiny twigs.
Height: 20' (6 m).
Diameter: 4" (10 cm).
Leaves: 1 1/2-3 1/4" (4-8 cm) long, 3/8-3/4" (10-19 mm) wide. Lance-shaped or oblong; without teeth; short-stalked. Dull gray-green with obscure veins above, silvery, scaly, and brown-dotted beneath.
Bark: Gray-brown; thin, fissured and shedding in long strips.
Twigs: Silvery, scaly when young, becoming reddish-brown; long and slender; often ending in short spine.
Flowers: 3/8" (10 mm) long; bell-shaped; with 4 calyx lobes, yellow inside, silvery outside (petals absent); fragrant; short-stalked; scattered along twigs at leaf bases; in late spring or early summer.
Fruit: 3/8-1/2" (10-12 mm) long; berrylike, elliptical, yellow to brown with silvery scales, becoming shiny; thin, yellow, mealy, sweet edible pulp; large brown stone; scattered along twig; maturing in late summer and autumn.
Habitat: Moist soils, from salty to alkaline; spreading in valleys.
Habit: A deciduous large shrub or tree; over 15' tall and wide spreading; rounded habit; fast growth rate; fine to medium texture
Range: Native of S. Europe and Asia; planted and naturalized from British Columbia east to Ontario and from New England west to California; to 5000' (1524 m) or above.
Discussion: The fruit is consumed by songbirds, such as cedar waxwings, robins, and grosbeaks, and by pheasants and quail. Tolerant of cold, drought, and city smoke, Russian-olive is a popular ornamental. The plants sprout and spread from roots, sometimes becoming pests. Not related to the Olive (Olea europaea L.), which also has narrow gray leaves.

Materials: 12 Russian Olive Seeds