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Russian Olive

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Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:11 AM

Subject: Russian Olive

Common Name: Russian Olive, Oleaster
Latin Name: Elaeagnus angustifolia
Family: Eleagnaceae
Size: Normally around 30 ft, can grow taller to 45 ft.
Shape: Extremely different shapes, tall and skinny, short and fat, multiple cluster, or singletrunk.


Trunk: Can have a large trunk in proportion to leaf canopy. Different colors of grey and brown. Wood is heavy and can be thorny.


Wood: Wood is heavy, and normally crooked.


Branches: The branches are normally growing for light, and sprout in every direction. They can commonly be prickly with thorns


Description: Around the GTA these trees are commonly planted along the side of QEW and similar highways for a quick growing and noise reducing plant. The trees also spread rapidly through their roots sprouting other trees. This tree doesn't mature to dangerous heights and is a perfect match for its purpose. These trees some how find their way into fence lines around residental properties that grow rapidly. People like them for a few years but then remove them.

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