Plant ID forum: Autumn Olive?

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Southwest Ohio
Jul 8, 2017 8:31 AM CST
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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Jul 9, 2017 10:23 PM CST
Yes - probably Autumn-olive in Elaeagnus clan.

Hugely difficult to eliminate pest plant in Ohio River valley region. Great ID feature is the structural scales which occur on all parts of the plant, and give it the reflective/shiny characteristic - leaves, buds, stems, fruit, etc.

That separates Elaeagnus sp. from most everything else you'll come across, save a few rare genera.

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