Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Wolf willow

Elaeagnus commutata

About This Species

Zone 2a BC Native

Grow me instead of Russian olive

Growing from 1-4 m tall, Wolf willow is a native, twiggy shrub with small fragrant yellow flowers and green-silvery foliage. It is also called silverberry as the fruit is a small, silver-white berry. This species is very hardy and can survive cold winters. It prefers moist to dry well drained soils and full sun.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions