Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

Source plants (many 1 yr old seedlings) from Burnt Ridge Nursery, Jan 2017

I bought these plants to be an understory nitrogen-fixer. The Elaeagnus family fixes nitrogen using a whole different set of bacteria than legumes do. So I cut several plants to a low height to be understory plants and I let a couple get large. The leaves do have an oblong quality reminiscent of olive leaves. So far, not flowers or fruit.

Autumn olives as understory plants

Autumn olives allowed to grow larger (this one next to my Che)