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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