JoAnne Skelly

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February 28, 2012
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Russian olive, good tree or invasive weed?

Let's face it: growing trees in harsh Nevada climates, particularly outside of urban cores, can be difficult. It seems as if a tree that can grow without water or attention in northern Nevada would be a blue ribbon winner. But, with Russian olive, that is not the case.

Russian olive is a scrubby, thorny small tree that can grow to 30 feet in height. Its leaves are silvery green, stems reddish and flowers yellow. The flowers are followed by little "olives" loved by birds. These trees are hardy, needing little water, which in an arid environment seems to be a …

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