Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 18 2021

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) profile

Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) is distributed in North China, Northwest China and Liaoning and other places. Russian Olive has the effect of relieving cough and relieving asthma, often used for persistent cough, wheezing.

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Russian olive

Morphological characteristics of Russian olive

Branches and leaves

Russian Olive is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a height of 5-10m. After the branch is injured, the transparent brown gelatinous juice flows out. Often with bright brownish red hard, young branches are densely silvery white scales, scales of old branches off, chestnut brown, smooth; The lenticels are conspicuous, punctate and transverse. Leaves are alternate, thin paper; Petiole is 0.5-1cm long; Leaf blade of Russian Olive is elliptically lanceolate or lanceolate, 2.5 -- 8.5 x 0.5 -- 2cm, apex acute, base cuneate, entire, with silvery white scales when young above, posteriorly decayed, silvery white, shiny, densely covered with white scales below; Lateral veins are not obvious.


Flowers of Russian Olive are 1-3 in the axils of leaves, bisexual, sparse unisexual; The perianth tube is bell-shaped or funnel-shaped, the apex 4 cracks, the outside is silvery white, the inside is yellow, has fragrance; Disk apex is glabrous; Stamens have few filaments; Style is longer than stamens, apex annular curved.


Fruit of Russian Olive is elliptic, ca. 1.5cm long, pink, covered with silvery white scales.

The ecological habits of Russian olive

Russian Olive, born in desert areas, is resistant to drought and cold, and is widely cultivated in sandy land, salinized land and village and field edges.

Russian olive

The distribution of Russian olive

Russian Olive is distributed in North China, Northwest China, Liaoning and other places.

How to control Russian olive

Urging locals to take motion towards Russian olive

What makes dealing with this plant pretty hard is that it’s additionally very appealing: the fruits are beneficial and the scent is nice, so it’s challenging to elevate attention about the invasiveness of Russian olive.

Moreover, getting rid of Russian olive is a bane due to the fact of its thorns and the full of life developing back. Even people who apprehend the difficulty don’t without problems interact into the work-intensive labor required.

But it without a doubt isn't so challenging to minimize Russian olive infestations as soon as your thought is set to it.

Local policies written to manipulate Russian olive

In each the United States and Canada, nearby governments the place the plant has emerged as invasive have delivered Russian olive to their noxious weed list. The nearby Department of Agriculture can inform you on whether or not your vicinity is a problem to restrictions on developing Russian olive.

Russian olive