Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Autumn Olive

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Plant Information

  • Scientific Name: Elaeagnus umbellata Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Autumn Olive
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 10-12'
  • Habit: Spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates poor dry soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Small, fragrant white flowers in late spring and red fruit in fall.  Numerous dead twigs throughout the plant are common. 

    In Wisconsin this plant is regulated as a Restricted Invasive weed that cannot be transported, transferred, or introduced without a permit.  To view the complete regulation see: Wisconsin Invasive species rule – NR 40

    In Michigan this plant is regulated as a Restricted Invasive species that cannot be possessed, introduced, imported or sold.  To view the complete regulation see Michigan Invasive Species

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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