Russian Olive Silverberry Elaeagnus angustifolia 50 Seeds
Russian Olive Silverberry Elaeagnus angustifolia 50 Seeds
Russian Olive Silverberry Elaeagnus angustifolia 50 Seeds
Russian Olive Silverberry Elaeagnus angustifolia 50 Seeds
Russian Olive Silverberry Elaeagnus angustifolia 50 Seeds
Russian Olive Silverberry Elaeagnus angustifolia 50 Seeds

Russian Olive Silverberry Elaeagnus angustifolia 50 Seeds

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Elaeagnus angustifolia, commonly called Russian olive or oleaster is native to Europe and Asia. It is a small, usually thorny, deciduous tree or large shrub that is typically grown for its silvery foliage, small fragrant yellow flowers, olive-like fruit and ease of cultivation. It has been widely planted in North America as both a windbreak and an ornamental. As a tree, it typically grows 12-20ā€™ tall. Branches and trunk are covered with exfoliating brown bark that is attractive in winter. Twigs are occasionally thorny. Narrow, willow-like leaves (to 2ā€ long) are dark green above and silvery beneath. Angustifolia means narrow-leaved. Fragrant flowers with four lobes appear in clusters of 1-3 in leaf axils near the base of new shoots in late spring. Flowers are silvery white outside and yellowish inside. Flowers are followed in fall by an often abundant crop of berry-like, silver-scaled fruit resembling olives, hence the common name. Fruit is edible, and is sometimes used for making preserves. Fruit is also attractive to wildlife.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in light, sandy loams in full sun. This is a vigorous, fast-growing plant that tolerates a wide variety of soils including both poor dry soils and wet heavy clays. Also tolerates wind, summer heat and saline conditions. Garden Uses.

Specimen tree. Screen or Barrier. Hedge. Accent in shrub border. Hardy in zones 3-7.

Growing Instructions

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year.

  1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 3 months.
  2. The seeds like moist soil. Fill a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand or vermiculite.
  3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
  4. Water the container.
  5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area.
  6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. The seeds germinate in 1 to 2 months.
  7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.