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Russian Olive tree-Elaeagnus Angustifolia

Russian Olive trees, Elaeagnus Angustifolia, decorate the landscape with their beautiful, silver appearances, at this time of the year (in May).

Also known as oleaster, the Russian olive tree is a compact deciduous tree or shrub growing to 10-15 meters (35-50 feet) high and has flexible branches, being the best windbreak tree.

This decorative tree produces small clusters of fragrant, silvery-yellow flowers that generally appear during May through July. The tiny yellow flowers carry a very sweet scent, over large areas.
Russian olive trees
It can form a dense shrub layer to close open areas.
Russian olive windbreak layer
Long, narrow, silvery-gray leaves and brown shedding bark are among the attractions of this tree.
Russian olive seeds and flowers
Blooms on this tree turn into hard, olive-shaped edible fruits, which stay on the trees all winter, good food source for birds. Squirrels gather and store these seeds too.
Russian olive-flowering tree
The heavy rainstorms from last two weeks were a hard test for these trees, too hard, for some of them. This one, in the next picture, gave up the fight.
After the storm

4 comments:

bfarr said...

Very pretty tree/shrub. Big plus that it has a sweet aroma.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

First, those olives look delicious. I love olives of all types. A beautiful tree as well. Thanks for all the information on this, I love learning something new about nature so this was a fun post.

leavesnbloom said...

I don't think I've come across this shrub before. I wonder why its not popular here as having those fruits on all winter would make it a useful shrub in the garden with a couple of seasons of interest. Its leaves look so lovely and soft too.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

This is a lovely tree Maia. We have had terrible storms here where I live the past week - uprooting many beautiful trees and causing much damage.

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