[permaculture] Re: Elaeagnus
pci at permaculture-inst.org
Sat Apr 19 19:13:11 EDT 2003
My experience in New Mexico, USA is that it does indeed sprout from the
root and is extremely hard to eradicate. It is taking over riparian areas
in New Mexico, and because it is bird born it is very difficult to control
its spread. Birds love the berries. It out competes and shades out our
other riparian species which is a problem.
Not to join the native plant fascists I would like to say that in many
places, where riparian species are dependent on flooding and the silting of
seed for germination we have lost the natives due to damming and other
mindless human intervention. In those cases it seems that both Russian
Olive and another exotic Salt cedar are the only plants that recolonize
those eroding waterways. In my case I want to establish different basket
willows in a wetlands and am constantly fighting Elaeagnus.
They do make good browse for goats, and I would suspect browsing cattle,
At 12:04 PM 4/19/03 -0400, you wrote:
>Would anyone know whether Elaeagnus species (Russian olive etc.) can be
>coppiced, i.e. does it resprout from the base?
>I read that in Pakistan Elaeagnus as well as willow are planted on field
>edges and marginal land - their leaves and bark provide supplementary
>fodder for livestock in winter.
>I feed some willow, sea buckthorn, and ash to my goats from field
>margins and hedges already (with alder, birch, and Rosa rugosa next in
>line once they get big enough) and wonder could I do the same with
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