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Commonly known as Oleaster, Russian olive
Leaves to 10cm (4in) long, dark-green above, silvery beneath.
Or small tree. Spreading, red-tinted branches covered with silvery scales. Produces flowers to 1cm (½in) long followed by silver-scaly yellow berries to 2.5cm (1 in) long.
Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Berries These plants have berries.
Good to know
wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
southern Europe, central Asia, Himalayas, China.
Leaf Colour (if not green)
Entire see photos above
Lanceolate see photos above
Pruning group 1
Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Pruning group 2 - Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs and trees that flower in Spring or early Summer on previous year's growth, including plants that produce new growth at or near ground level.
Pruning: Prune flowered shoots to strong buds. Cut back approximately 1/4 of old shoots to the base to promote replacement growth.
When: Annually, after flowering.
RHS groups 2 & 3
Fertile well drained soil - can become chlorotic on shallow chalky soil.
Rounded to broadly spreading