• Elaeagnus angustifolia - Silver Russian olive - 1000 seeds

Elaeagnus angustifolia - Silver Russian olive - 1000 seeds
Elaeagnus angustifolia - Silver Russian olive - 1000 seeds

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Elaeagnus angustifolia, Russian Olive Tree

1000 seeds per packet

Elaeagnus angustifolia, also called Russian Silverberry, Oleaster, or Russian olive, is a perennial deciduous tree up to twenty-three feet tall. It has flexible, often spiny branches with dark, smooth bark, small, narrow, silvery leaves, and small clusters of aromatic yellow flowers that produce a hard olive-shaped edible fruit. Russian olive tolerates a wide range of soil and moisture conditions, from sand to heavy clay, and can withstand flooding and silting. It grows best in deep sandy or loamy soils with only slight salt and alkali content. There are dense, healthy stands in river bottoms where the water table is seldom more than two feet below the surface, but it survives considerable drought. Russian olive is tolerant of considerable salinity or alkalinity, although it prefers slightly alkaline soils with low to medium concentrations of soluble salts. It can withstand temperatures ranging from -50 degrees F to 115 degrees F . It occurs from sea level to at least 8,000 feet elevation in several western states. Russian olive is somewhat shade tolerant and can withstand competition from other shrubs and trees.

Hardy zone 2-9

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Sowing instructions:

1. Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 6 hours

2. Cold stratify for 90 days

3. Sow seed 3/4 inch deepafter last frost, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed. Alternatively natural fall sowing in mulched beds

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