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image: American Silverberry
Photograph from Lewis and Clark Herbarium/Academy of Natural Sciences
American Silverberry
(Wild Olive, Wolf Willow)

Elaeagnus commutata



First Noted by Expedition
July 6, 1806, in Powell County, Montana.
 

Description
A rounded, twiggy shrub with narrow, silvery, scurfy leaves on grayish red branches. Small clusters of inconspicuous, cone-shaped flowers are spicily perfumed with a heavy, sweet scent. The fruit is a dry, mealy, whitish berry. This suckering shrub can form patches several yards in diameter. Height: 1-12 ft (0.3-3.7 m).
 

Habitat
Waterways; gravel benches; prairie hillsides; dry clearings.
 

Range
Quebec to Alaska, south to northwestern Minnesota, north-central South Dakota, northeastern Montana, and in the Rockies to Utah.
 

Note
Species information from enature.com
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