Also called Japanese silverberry, autumn elaeagnus, umbellata oleaster and spreading oleaster.  We have seen some sources spell (misspell?) it Elaeagnus umbellate.

Very distantly related to (not in the same genus, family, order nor subclass as) the food olive European olive  Olea europaea.

Instead, part of oleaster/silverberry  genus Elaeagnus in oleaster  family Elaeagnaceae and order Rosales.

Native to eastern Asia, from the Himalayas to 🇯🇵 Japan.  Because its roots fix atmospheric nitrogen, it can outcompete many other trees in infertile soils.  Invasive > learn+quiz Invasive > Global Invasive > in USA+Canada Invasive > report it! Invasive > in USA Invasive > in USFS (.pdf) Invasive > in Michigan restricted in Michigan, incl. seeds, fragments and derivatives (.pdf) inv. trading card (.pdf)


In the 🇺🇸 USA, the USDA suggests those seeking a drought tolerant tree replace this plant with native alternatives 🍓︎ strawberry bush  Euonymus americanus, wax-myrtle  Myrica cerifera, meadowsweet  Spiraea latifolia or mapleleaf viburnum  Viburnum acerifolium. [1]   More native alternatives (Missouri Botanical Garden).

Learn more about autumn olive Elaeagnus umbellata

Best Control Practices BCP (Michigan) (.pdf)

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