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Common Name:
Russian Olive
Scientific Name:
Elaeagnus angustifolia
Common Family:
Oleaster family
Scientific Family:
Bark: Gray and fibrous on older plants.
Foliage: Oval or elliptic with blunt points, edges are smooth and often wavy; size ranges from 2-4 inches long and up to 1.5 inches wide. Upper leaf surface is green to gray-green and smooth, and the underside is silvery and scaly.
Fruit: small, rounded, single seeded fruit, borne on short stalks, ranges from 1/8 to 3/8-inch long and 3/16-inch wide; silvery with brown scales in early summer, becoming juicy and yellow, ripening to a copper-speckled pink/red in fall.
Cemetery|Location: Fairmount | Quebec Gate
Additional Information:

Russian olive is designated as a Noxious Weed in Colorado.


Colorado Dept. of Agriculture – Russian Olive


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services Plant Database