Need Help with Shrub ID - Red Berries, Narrow Leaves

butterflygal21797(z7 MD)September 18, 2006

Can anyone help me identify this shrub? It's growing at the edge of a woodland and is currently covered with red berries. Shrub has many stems branching off from base of trunk and has an arching form. Leaves are small and narrow (kind of remind me of willow leaves). I've done a lot of online searching, but I can't find a shrub or small tree that looks like a good match.

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I'm really not very good at this, so this is probably way off base. Deciduous holly? The fruits on the ones around me are definitely getting color.

If you found it growing in the wild, there is a pretty good chance that it is something non-native and invasive. Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) fits the description.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 2:39PM
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Underside of leaves are silver right? You have Autumn Olive, an Asian weed. I recommend cutting it to the ground and painting the stump with herbicide. If you don't soon you will have hundreds of them.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 7:45PM
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butterflygal21797(z7 MD)

I had considered a deciduous holly, too, suja, but the leaves and the shape of the shrub didn't match up.

I'm afraid it is autumn olive. I had also considered this, but the leaves didn't look quite right in the pictures I had looked at. After reading sam_md's post, I looked at some more pictures, and the berries are a perfect match, right down to the little brownish spots on them. I checked while I was out walking today, and the undersides of the leaves are indeed silver.

Mystery solved, I guess. Too bad. It's really a very handsome plant. I've always read it was a very invasive, undesirable plant, but I can see why it gained popularity when its planting was encouraged. Unfortunately, this particular shrub is located on private property, so I won't be able to chop it down. At least now I'll recognize it if it shows up on my property. I can add it to my list of things to eradicate, along with oriental bittersweet, mile-a-minute vine, garlic mustard, . . .
The list never ends.

Thanks to both of you for your help.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2006 at 9:00AM
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gardenpaws_VA(z7 NoVA)

You might (politely) talk to the homeowner and suggest that you help in removal of this weed. If you have some seedlings of appropriate bird-feeding shrubs, you might sweeten the deal by offering one as a replacement.

If it's on 'waste ground' or land about to be developed, I'd be inclined to cause it to 'happen to have an accident' if possible, before the birds get all the berries.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2006 at 8:03PM
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1-2 foot tall woody shrub with laventer blooms, blooms now in May and has red berries in the fall. Have no idea

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 7:26AM
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