Cart 0
Russian Olive Seed

Russian Olive Seed


Latin Name: Elaeagnus angustifolia


Family: Elaeagnaceae

Native Range: Eurasia

Seed Source: Seed block near Indian Head Saskatchewan.

Height and Spread: 9m x 5m (15 years)

Overview: A fast-growing tree that is a nitrogen fixer. It is extremely hardy and adapted to low-quality, droughty soils. It prefers well-drained soils of medium texture and will tolerate moderately saline soils. Seed can be spread by birds to unwanted locations.

Fruits: A silver coloured dry achene 3 to 6mm long. Fruits remain on shrubs over winter.

Average number of seeds/packet: 150


Stratification: Stratify seeds for 60 days at 5C and 30 days at 20C. 

Ideal sowing time: Stratified seed in late May, non-stratified seed in October.

Sowing instructions: Outdoors - sow 2 cm deep. Outdoor seedbed- sow 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse- sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: Does well on a variety of soils, requires full sunlight, does not tolerate shade.

Agroforestry Value

Used for reclamation and wildlife habitat plantings on marginal soils.