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Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive

(Elaeagnus umbellata)

Large deciduous shrub with silvery foliage. Autumn olive grows up to 20’ tall. Twigs are covered by small silvery scales.


Other names for this plant include:

  • Common names: Autumn elaeagnus, oleaster, silverberry, spreading oleaster
  • Scientific names: E. crispa; E. umbellata car. parvifolia; E. parvifolia

Ecological threat:

  • Autumn olive invades open and forested natural areas, as well as roadsides and agricultural fields.
  • It thrives in high light conditions where it can produce numerous fruits.
  • Alters nutrient cycling by adding nitrogen to the soil.