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Russian Olive

Silver Foliage Shimmers

The Russian Olive is often grown as an ornamental shrub for its unique silver foliage.  It would be stunning in your yard as a background shrub or accent next to plants of deeper colors.
The silver hues of the Russian Olive are sure to be a focal point in your yard wherever you plant it.  Imagine for a moment walking into your summer yard with a silvery-leaved bush amid the common plantings.  Nothing will draw your eye like the uncommon color of silver among the trees and flowers.  

The secret to the unique appearance of the Russian Olive is the unusual scaly layer that covers the 3-inch long, ½ wide grey-green linear leaves. When kissed by the afternoon sun, those leaves almost seem to sparkle!
Most people value the Russian Olive for the silvery accent, but it also has spring and fall interest.  Your Russian Olive will tantalize your senses each year with its succulent spring scent.  This spring splendor is brought to you by the abundance of small 4 petalled shaped yellow flowers that cover the branches as it prepares for the fruit that gives it its distinctive name.
The fruit of the Russian Olive is silvery-scaled and a ½ inch olive-like shape.  It can be sweet to sweet-tart depending upon the growing conditions, and is delicious eaten raw or made into preserves.  Wildlife love it as well, so be sure to time your harvest carefully or they’ll beat you to it.
Russian Olives grow 15-20 feet high with an equal spread.  They are a fast-growing shrubby tree with a rounded, if somewhat irregular shape, but easily adapt to pruning if you prefer a particular form.  You can let it grow into a large shrub or prune it into a multi or single stemmed small tree.

Your Russian Olive is extremely hardy and tolerant of many conditions, but prefers drier soil, giving you a carefree plant for your landscape.

*Silver Green Foliage

*Fragrant Small Yellow Flowers

Hardy Shrubby Tree

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I grew up planting Russian Olive Trees Review by Ross Bursey
I love the Russian Olive tree. I have been planting the trees since I was a kid, with my dad. Love the scent of the flowers, and the silvery leaves. Will only take over if you let it.There is now way it will take over in a residential home setting.
Love mine Review by Frogluvr
I have one Russian Olive tree, it has not taken over. We live where the dirt is poor and we have lots of wind. I excited to be able to purchase some more!
Neat Tree Review by Ann
Very happy with the purchase. Thank you.
Very Happy Review by Rosanne
I am thrilled with this tree! I love that the foliage is different from the other trees in my yard and the flowers are beautiful. Planted to the side of the patio to enjoy for its color.
Hardy Tree where nothing else will Grow Review by Sonya Frantz
In the Oklahoma panhandle, we are very alkali and it's hard to get a tree started. "Native trees".......there aren't any unless you're down on the creek and then it's cottonwood. This wonderful little tree grows through horrid heat and drought, severe blizzard and cold.....and takes very little care to survive. It DOES take pruning to make a tree, or let grow natural for a hedge. To me, the smell of the yellow flowers in bloom is what spring smells like and I look forward to it every year. We have them as a windbreak around the farm and then a few placed ornamentally in the yard........I absolutely love them. I can't imagine what your yard looks like if they "took over in groves". Someone isn't spending much time on their yard. This is a great little tree if you live in places where it's tough to grow any trees.....period.

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Plant Facts

Family Elaeagnus angustifolia
Foliage Silvery
Mature Height 15 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 25 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 2-7
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Mature Form Irregular
Growth Rate Rapid
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color Creamy, Yellow
Fall Color Yellow to Orange
Bloom Period Spring

Russian Olive.

Rating: 3.9/5 based on 25 review(s)
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