Deciduous shrub; stems erect to spreading, young stems brownish-scaled, older branches brownish and scaly, 1-2 m tall.
Opposite, entire, elliptic to narrowly egg-shaped, 1.5-6 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, greenish on the upper surface, white-scaly and brownish-scaly beneath.
Inflorescence of 1 to several inconspicuous axillary flowers clustered on short branches; male and female flowers on separate plants, the male flowers brownish; petals lacking; sepals spreading to reflexed, 4-lobed, the lobes 1-2 mm long; stamens 8.
Berries, bright red, oval, 6-8 mm long, fleshy, bitter, soapy to touch when crushed.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(11), BWBS(940), CDF(2), CWH(15), ESSF(693), ICH(994), IDF(1819), MS(1517), PP(79), SBPS(436), SBS(1251), SWB(120)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Elaeagnus canadensis (L.) A. Nels.
Lepargyrea canadensis (L.) Greene