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Russian Olive

Characteristics

Height and Spread Russian Olive trees can grow up to 7.6 metres high and may have a crown width between 3.7 and 7.6 meters.

Hardiness Zone 2

Preferred growing conditions Tree grows best in sunny conditions where water does not pond; drought resistant and tolerates saline/alkaline soils.

Form Russian Olive trees resemble a large shrub whose random branches spread out from the base of the trunk to form a round shape.

Flower/seeds Fragrant silver white flowers that have a yellow center.

Leaf The 2-6 centimetre oblong leaf has a scaly grayish-green top and is silvery-scaled underneath.

Bark/wood New branches have a silvery look, while older branches have a bronzy colour.

Fruit Wildlife enjoy eating its yellow pulpy berries that are about the size of a large pea.

Pruning Prune to keep shape and remove damaged limbs. Sterilize pruning saws and shears with methanol (gasline anti-freeze) between cuts and between trees.

Problems (Disease/Insects)

Cankers (branch or stem)