7 responses to “Elaeagnus glabra”

  1. Beverley Merryfield

    Elaeagnus glabra – Z8, RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

  2. Ron B

    2002 edition of Hillier manual calls this Asian species “first-class”, also says it resembles E. macrophylla “but with narrower leaves”.

  3. Anthony

    This is another one of your truly phenomenal floral close-ups.

  4. Chris Denton

    I am having trouble translating the Latin here. Is there a published source of the Latin meanings of the Latin Names? Agnus = lamb; glabra = hairless or smooth, but the elae stumps me. E= out of but the lae or elae escapes me.

  5. Anthony

    Elaeagnus was the name used by the ancient Greek botanist Theophrastus for the Salix caprea, or Goat Willow. However, he must have thought of it as a kind of olive, because elaea means olive. Many members of this genus have olive as part of their common name, such as Russian Olive, common in the western US. They are not true olives, however, and I have been told that their fruits are not the kind of thing you would want to put in a martini. Hope that helps, Chris. Many of these names are Greek rather than Latin, and quite a few of them are invented latinizations of modern proper names, so the standard Latin dictionaries don’t always have them.

  6. Ron B

    Jacobson, NORTH AMERICAN LANDSCAPE TREES says “The elaiagnos of Theophrastus was originally applied to a willow, from helodes (growing in marshes) and hagnos (pure, chaste, holy) referring to the cottony-white seed masses of the tree.”

  7. Riez Francine

    I am passionate with plants and I learn with you.
    I have an elaeagnus plenty of fruits- it is said in the RHS dictionnary they are edible, but I don’t try.
    I send yu the photos I took last week

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