Not a true olive, this plant produces red berries a little smaller than an olive, in the fall. Fruits prolifically, starting at 2 years old and following white flowers.
Deciduous, Hardy to USDA cold hardy zone 6. Small, fast-growing tree. Non-leguminous, nitrogen fixing tree. Grows to about 20 feet tall, at about 4-5 years old.
ADAPTABLE AND RESILIENT
Drought and heat tolerant. Tolerant of poor soil conditions. Wind tolerant and ignored by deer, most of the season.
GOOD QUALITY FRUIT
Autumn olive berries are red, and edible raw. Containing a single seed, and high amounts of vitamin C.
Autumn olive is closely related to the more invasive Russian olive, as well as the goumi berry. Goumi berry is another high quality food crop. Autumn olive has invasive potentials less then, but similar to the Russian olive. This invasive potential, is mostly due to prolific fruit/seed production and dissemination by birds.
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