About This Plant

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 Story

Leaf

The leaves of the oleaster are elongated and lance-shaped, measuring around 5 to 10 centimetres in length. They exhibit a silvery-grey to silvery-green hue, imparting a shimmering effect in sunlight due to tiny scales that cover the leaf surface. These scales not only contribute to the plant’s silver appearance but also help the leaves withstand harsh environmental conditions. The upper side of the leaves is smooth, while the undersides bear a slightly scaly texture.

Produce

It’s known for its silver-grey leaves, inconspicuous yellow flowers in late spring, and small silvery fruit. 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. Oleaster fruits are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. While its edible fruit can be used for preserves, it can also be invasive in some areas.
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