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Russian Olive

Elaeagnus angustifolia

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.182 W94 52.827

Trail Number:
T26

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Description

Family:
Elaeagnaceae

Foliage:
Willow-like I to 3-inch leaves with green tops and silvery undersides

Native Locale:
Southern Europe to western and Central Asia, Altai and Himalayas

Mature Height:
12 to 20 feet

Mature Width:
12 to 20 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 2 to 7

Soil Preference:
Prefers light sandy loams

Growth Habit:
Large shrub or small tree of oval to rounded outline, often quite open and of light texture

Rate of Growth:
Medium to Fast

Disease and Insect:
Leaf spots, cankers, rusts, Verticillium wilt, crown gall, oleaster-thistle aphid, and scales

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Diseases have been a problem and for this reason the highway departments have stopped using them along highways.
  • Weak wooded

Photos

Leaf - Russian OliveSummer - Russian Olive