Factsheet S17: Elaeagnus species


The genus Elaeagnus consists of 30-40 deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees, often with prickly branches, from S.Europe, Asia and N.America. The young leaves (alternate) and branches are covered with silvery or brownish scales; the fuchsia-like flowers are usually fragrant, borne in clusters from the leaf axils; fruits contain a single seed and attract several species of wildlife.

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