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Elaeagnus umbellata - Autumn Olive Seed - Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.

Elaeagnus umbellata

Autumn Olive

Per NYS Regulation Part 575, this species is classified as an Invasive Species, and as a NYS based business we are not able to sell these seeds regardless of where the purchaser is located. We have this item listed for reference only.


  • Elaeagnus umbellata

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 6 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination, sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed

The Elaeagnus umbellata, also known as the Japanese Silverberry, Umbellate Oleaster, or Autumn-olive, is a species of Elaeagnus native to eastern Asia. This plant is capable of growing in infertile habitats due to its root's ability to fix airborne nitrogen. The fruit of this plant can be eaten raw or cooked and is juicy and pleasantly acid. It can also be used to make jams and preserves. The fruit must be fully ripe before consuming it raw, as under-ripe fruit can be quite astringent. The fruit contains about 8.3% sugars, 4.5% protein, and 1% ash. It has approximately 12mg of vitamin C per 100g. The mature bushes in the wild yield about 650g of fruit over 2-3 pickings. The Elaeagnus umbellata is a deciduous shrub or small tree that can grow up to 4-10 meters tall with a dense, thorny crown. Its leaves are bright green on top and silvery beneath, and its flowers are sweetly fragrant silvery-white. The fruit is red and is loved by birds, who may spread the plant excessively. This plant has naturalized in some parts of North America and is sometimes considered an invasive species. It is commonly available and can be propagated by seed, container, or bare root. The Elaeagnus umbellata is an excellent choice for those looking for an attractive plant that can tolerate infertile habitats and provide tasty fruit.

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