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.
It can form a dense shrub layer to close open areas.
Long, narrow, silvery-gray leaves and brown shedding bark are among the attractions of this tree.
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.
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.