Elaegnus angustifolia

Russian Olive
Elaeagnus angustifolia

Family: Oleaster (Elaeagnaceae)
AKA: Silver Berry, Wild Olive
Photo taken on: May 20, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry areas and watercourses

An escapee from cultivation. Can be a shrub or a tree growing to 25ft. The current year's growth is covered with silvery scales giving a felt-like appearance. The silvery leaves are lance-shaped or oval and remain silvery until they fall. The small yellow flowers are aromatic. The fruit, the "olives", are orange or yellow covered with silver scales.


Elaegnus angustifoliaElaegnus angustifolia

Trees | Yellow Round Clusters