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Posted by daphne35 zone 7 tn (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 6, 07 at 11:54

Can anyone tell me if eleagnus (greek olive) is poisonous to cattle? We need to plant a hedge along one end of pasture with fast growing shrubs and since this plant did well for us in mid-Alabama, we would like to try it here, but do not want to harm livestock.

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RE: Eleagnus

They're considered non-toxic to humans. Can't vouch for cattle!

RE: Eleagnus

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 6, 07 at 20:11

Elaeagnus (with two a's) is a large genus that contains about 60 to 70 species including Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian Olive). It is not poisonous to cattle. Cattle, sheep, and horses will sometimes graze on it, but generally don't care for the taste. Birds, some deer, and elk do use the berries and/or leaves for food.

E. angustifolia is very useful to fix nitrogen in the soil. They have even been planted next to fruit or nut trees as living fertilizer. They aren't nearly as invasive as their relative Elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn-olive).

RE: Eleagnus

Thanks for the info also correction in spelling Brandon -- for some reason in Birmingham, they were referred to as "Greek Olive", but I always knew them as Elaeagnus.

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