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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Russian Olive

Species
Elaeagnus angustifolia

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) is a relatively small ornamental tree which has recently impacted several regions in BC. First introduced for its silver leaves and ability to withstand cold BC winters, this tree is now out-competing native vegetation around the province.

This tree is currently abundant in the Southern Interior, the Okanagan, and the Lower Mainland. Its ability to withstand flooding, drought, shade, and full sun give this tree few growing limitations within its areas.

Distinguishable due to its silver leaves, fragrant yellow flowers and silver berries, Russian olive is a popular ornamental choice among gardeners. The silver berries produced by this tree aid in its dispersal, highly selected for amongst birds and mammals, the seedy diet of these animals contributes to its spread.

The spread of this species has led to negative impacts on several native trees and plants within BC, because of this all sightings of Russian olive in BC must be reported to manage the spread. When planting an ornamental garden, please be ‘PlantWise’ and choose species which are non-invasive as alternatives. 

Gallery: Russian Olive