Elaeagnus angustifolia


Russian-olive trees grow up to 25 feet in height. From a distance they have a light gray-green appearance due to tiny scales on the leaf surfaces.

Look-a-like: Buffaloberry

This tree, from Europe, is often used as an ornamental. Fruits can be a valuable food for wildlife. It grows well in meadows, pastures, and along waterways. Reproduction is from seed and rootstock. Russian-olive is very difficult to control. Thick stands can develop if left unchecked.

Leaves are narrow and two to three inches in length. Inconspicuous yellow flowers are found in clusters.

Flowers produce tan or silver colored olive-like fruits about half an inch in length.

The trunk and branches have many one to two-inch thorns.