Autumn Olive, Autumn-olive
China, Korea, Japan
Large shrub, often open and light texture, spiny brached
loamy to sandy soils, full sun
Autumn-olive isn't a plant intended for the home landscape, but has several ornamental characteristics none the less. It's a large, spreading, spiny branched shrub 12-18 feet tall and wide. The foliage is bright green above and silvery green below. The funnel shaped flowers are borene in May and June and emit a pleasantly sweet fragrance. The fruits are also silvery mixed with brown when immature changing to red. The birds love to eat the berries and cause the spreading of the plants seeds everywhere. It tends to become quite weedy very quickly.
Bright green upper leaf surface, silver-green underside, alternate, simple, elliptic to ovate-oblong 2 to 4 inches long. Silvery undersides.
Buds are small and rounded
.5 inch funnel shaped, silvery-white fragrant flowers
silvery globose turning red when ripe, born on short stalks