BCP/Elaeagnus umbellata

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Elaeagnus umbellata

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Profile for Elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn Olive)
Identifying Characteristics
Habit:Shrub
Flowers:The flowers are clustered 1-7 together in the leaf axils, fragrant, with a four-lobed pale yellowish-white 1 cm long corolla.
Foliage:The leaves are alternate, 4-10 cm long and 2-4 cm wide, entire but with a waved margin they are silvery when they leaf out early in spring due to numerous tiny, scales, but turning greener above as the silvery scales wear off through the summer
Stem:4-10 m tall
Scent:fragrant
Growing Conditions:Because airborne nitrogen can be fixed in its roots, it has the capability to grow in infertile habitats.
Fruit:The fruit is round to oval drupe 1 cm long, silvery-scaled orange ripening red dotted with silver or brown. When ripe, the fruit is juicy and edible. It is small, extremely numerous, tart-tasting, and it has a chewable seed.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Similar Plants:Elaeagnus angustifolia
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New Hampshire: May, June

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