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Russian Olive (elaeagnus angustifolia is a good shrub for planting in poor soils or roadside planting. This large shrub grows to almost 5 metres at maturity, and, if grown on a single stem, it can be formed into a small tree. The sivery leaves contrast well with the green of other shrubs and yellow flowers open in early summer which are quite fragrant. Olive-like fruits, which give the common name, ripen in late summer and have a sweet flavor but a dryish texture.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|