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Russian Olive Overview

Russian Olive

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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


Russian Olive Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Elaeagnus angustifolia
Foliage Silvery
Mature Height 18 - 24 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 25 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Creamy, Yellow