Elaeagnus umbellata is a fruiting ornamental with its oval-shaped, dark green on top and silvery underneath leaves that have a wavy edge to them. During the Spring, the Autumn Olive offers clusters of creamy coloured flowers that are of a sweet scent. The flowers are followed by unusual orange-red fruits (small bean sized) that are covered in tiny silver speckles. This deciduous shrub can yield thousands of fruits when grown in the ground and positioned where it will receive plenty of sunshine. The berries have a sweet flavour and can be eaten when ripe, or they can be cooked and used in jams.
The intended main use of this plant is to grow food for human consumption. We always recommend further research to learn the different ways in which the food source can be prepared and consumed.