Autumn Olive (Eleagnus umbellata)
Status: common throughout Monroe County.
Description: Large shrub or small tree with silvery foliage, up to 20’ tall. Leaves simple and alternate, silver‐gray on the underside, lance‐shaped or elliptic, with entire, wavy margins. Flowers tube‐shaped, borne in leaf axils, creamy white to light yellow. Blooms in late spring. Fruits small, fleshy, egg‐shaped, pink to red with silver spots.
Threat: Rapidly invades and fills open fields; alters nutrient cycling by adding nitrogen to the soil, encouraging other invasions.