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Russian olive


Classification:

Family:  Elaeagnaceae
Genus, species:  Elaeagnus angustifolia 

Leaves:
Leaves are olive-green, 2 to 3 inches long, covered with silvery scales.

Flowers:
Flowers produce a strong aroma, produced in clusters of 1 to 3, with yellow petals, about 0.5 inch long.

Fruit:
Fruit is a small orange-reddish berry. Fruit is edible, sweet.

More Information:

Russian olive is a non-native and invasive plant. It was introduced to North America during the late 1800s. Birds readily disperse its seeds by eating the fruit. It grows well in poor soil conditions and outcompetes native plants.

Russian olive is not a "true olive," but is named based on its similarity to the olive tree. "True" olive trees are in a different family, Oleaceae.

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