Elaeagnus angustifolia, also known as Russian olive or oleaster, is a hardy deciduous shrub or small tree found in Europe and Asia. This plant is drought-tolerant and adaptable to different soils, making it useful for erosion control and windbreaks, especially in arid regions.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous or evergreen shrub with silvery leaves and small, fragrant flowers. It produces small, olive-like fruits.


The Produce

The fruit, commonly referred to as oleaster berries or silverberries, starts as small, silvery scales that gradually transform into juicy, red or orange berries upon ripening.


The Flowers

Produces small, fragrant, white to yellow flowers in spring and summer.


The Leaves

They exhibit a silvery-grey to silvery-green hue, imparting a shimmering effect in sunlight due to tiny scales that cover the leaf surface.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The fruits are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental appeal and fragrant flowers. Often planted in gardens and hedges.


Fun Facts

The Oleaster is also known as the Russian Olive and is admired for its silvery foliage.

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