Invasive Plant

Russian olive

Elaeagnus angustifolia

About This Species

Russian olive is a short invasive tree that can survive in dry conditions and cold temperatures. It drinks more water than most plants in dry soil settings, therefore it can outgrow and compete with native species. Seeds are spread from bird droppings and wildlife eating the berries, as well as through flowing water and by beaver activity.

How to Identify

Russian olive is a small ornamental tree. It has small yellow, fragrant flowers, and edible silver fruit that resemble olives. It is easily distinguishable by its silver leaves and black bark.

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Clean, Drain, Dry

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The Clean Drain Dry program empowers you to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to BC waters by following the clean, drain, dry procedure on all watercraft and equipment.

Plantwise

Plantwise

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A few non-invasive alternatives to plant instead of Russian olive include:

  • Scouler's willow (Salix scouleriana)
  • Silver buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea)
  • Sandbar willow/Coyote willow (Salix exigua)
  • Pacific crabapple (Malus fusca)
  • Wolf-willow (Elaeagnus commutata)

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