Invasive plants, whether native or introduced, can quickly spread throughout lawns and other growing spaces to completely overtake the area. This often results in the loss of other plant species, due to their inability to compete for light and/or nutrients. One plant, Elaeagnus umbellata, or Autumn Olive, is specifically known for its invasive growth habit. Learning to properly identify autumn olive berries can help landscapers begin to control the plant early, should it appear in their own green space. What Is Elaeagnus umbellata Autumn Olive? Commonly known as autumn olive, Elaeagnus umbellata is a tall deciduous shrub that is hardy to USDA growing zones 4-9. In late spring, these bushes produce masses of fragrant white-yellow blooms. Originally introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant and for use in erosion control, singular autumn olive plants are able to produce over 200,000 viable seeds each growing season. Through dispersal of […]
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