Russian Silverberry, Russian-olive, Elaeagnus

shrub of the family Eleagnaceae, close to family Oleaceae

its french name "chalef" is the name in Arabic of the "willow" to which they thought that Elaeagnus was related. "Elaia" means olive tree in Greek.
Origin: Europe. There is an American species (Elaeagnus commutata) which blossoms in spring and a Japanese species (E. pungens), with persistent foliage.
Hardiness: zone 7 (it supports cold until -17 °C or 1 °F).
Height: 5 m tall.
Shape: spread.
Deciduous foliage, in general. Leaves with silver lower face.
Flowers in June, tubular, odorous. To some species, flowers appear in autumn.
Fruits: drupes 2-3 mm in diameter.
Use: hedge shrub. Its roots contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Shining and tough leaves, dark green on the top, silvery on the underside.
Blossoming of small flowers whitish and fragrant at the beginning of autumn.
It is a nice shrub ideal in pruned hedge.


elaeagnus multiflora

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