Noted locally in planters on the street: shrubby russian-olives, with handsome gray-green leaves:


The Russian-olive is to some degree Russian in origin, but it’s not an olive, so the composite Russian-olive is non-subsective — a resembloid composite, in fact.

From Wikipedia:

Elaeagnus angustifolia, commonly called silver berry, oleaster, Persian olive, or wild olive, or commonly referred to as Senjid or Sinjid in Afghanistan and Senjed in Iran, is a species of Elaeagnus, native to western and central Asia, Afghanistan, from southern Russia and Kazakhstan to Turkey and Iran. It is now also widely established in North America as an introduced species [and treated as invasive in some places; the seeds are spread widely by birds].

Elaeagnus angustifolia is a usually thorny shrub or small tree growing to 5–7 m in height. Its stems, buds, and leaves have a dense covering of silvery to rusty scales.

… The fruits are edible and sweet, though with a dryish, mealy texture. Its common name comes from its similarity in appearance to the olive (Olea europaea), in a different botanical family, Oleaceae.

The plant with its seeds:


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