Angustifolia, the russian olive, is one of several species of elaeagnus that has proven invasive. It is native to temperate eurasia but has become especially invasive in riverine areas in the western usa, and is increasingly common in areas already invaded by exotic saltcedars (tamarix spp.). The russian olive (elaeagnus angustifolia) is a shrub or small tree, often leaning or twisted and distorted. It is commonly used as a windbreak and wildlife cover and food. Looking for russian olive, also known as broad leaf oleaster or silver berry, for your garden landscape? Find elaeagnus macrophylla availability & prices online now. Elaeagnus x quicksilver is thought to be a hybrid of elaeagnus angustifolia, native from europe across asia to the himalayas, and elaeagnus commutata, native across canada and south only as far as minnesota, south dakota, and utah. The hardiness and cold tolerance of elaeagnus shrubs vary between species and cultivars. Thorny elaeagnus (elaeagnus pungens) and variegated elaeagnus (elaeagnus pungens maculata) grow best in u. Elaeagnus angustifolia, commonly called persian olive, russian olive, silver berry, oleaster, or wild olive, is a species of elaeagnus, native to western and central asia, iran (), from southern russia and kazakhstan to turkey, and parts of pakistan. Elaeagnus angustifolia, russian olive, the small tree relative of autumn olive. 5 cm in size and start as a spotted light green in mid-summer turning red in the autumn (dirr 1998). 5 kg of seed per year, with the number of seeds ranging from 20,000 to 54,000 (eckardt & sather 1987). Thanks to the foliage it is sometimes called russian olive which is not correct as this name is already used for its deciduous sister elaeagnus angustifolia. It is a vigorous shrub used for screening and hedging, and variegated forms make eye-catching specimens.