Unknown thorny plant

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Date Photo Taken: 11/12/2012
Location: Jasper, GA
Posted By: JennyA

Notes:

I have a couple of plants growing in a shady area near a stream and I have no idea what they are. The leaves are shiny on the top w/smooth edges and are arranged alternately on the stem; the underside of the leaf is almost white, hairless. Immediately above each mature leaf is a thorn about 1-2 inches long, very sharp and hard (the branch I broke off really doesn’t show the matured thorn in the photo). I’d like to know what it is so I can cut it down before it spreads. Thanks!

COMMENTS

  1. Emily A Unregistered says:

    Looks like some kind of Russian olive to me – a terrible invasive species here in GA.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaeagnus_angustifolia

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/invasivetutorial/russian_autumn_olive.htm

    Good luck getting rid of it – and if you do, let me know. I am still grappling with the ones on my property.

    November 13th, 2012 at 12:17 pm
  2. rpaul Unregistered says:

    Looks like eleagnus.
    http://www.floridata.com/ref/E/elaeag_p.cfm
    Generally grows very large very rapidly.

    November 13th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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