Definition of Russian olive in English:

Russian olive

noun

  • North American term for oleaster
    • ‘Most are deciduous species such as maple, elm, willow, honeylocust, ash, cottonwood, Russian olive, and hackberry.’
    • ‘Also look for two Russian olives, which arch over the garden entrance of St. Theresa's Path and perfume the spring air.’
    • ‘This gate, one of three in his garden, is made of Russian olive branches and twigs from trees cut down along Interstate 25 in Denver when sound-barrier walls went in.’
    • ‘Hitch your steed and unpack your bedroll beneath the Russian olive trees and cottonwoods at the foot of Spider Rock, an 800-foot tower that is the spiritual home of the Navajo deity Spider Woman.’
    • ‘Invasive species now bully out the natives - a few ancient cottonwoods stand clumped together in a thicket of Russian olives; a few willows huddle in a swath of tamarisk.’
    • ‘Also, many native plants are being stressed or extinguished by invasive or introduced species such as bittersweet vine, Russian olive, and English ivy.’
    • ‘The Russian olives that Sebastiani planted at wide intervals along the levee have sent out frosty-green, willowlike foliage.’
    • ‘They are common in forest clearings, wetlands, edges, residential areas, orchards, and stands of Russian olive.’
    • ‘And as native vegetation waned, introduced alien species such as salt cedar (Tamarix spp.) and Russian olive have virtually exploded along western rivers.’
    • ‘East of the Cascades this is often in conifers, willows, Russian olives, or junipers, and west of the Cascades in conifers, willows, or ash trees.’