Common Name(s): Russian Olive
Scientific Name: Elaeagnus angustifolia
Distribution: Native to eastern Europe and western and central Asia; naturalized throughout North America
Tree Size: 20-35 ft (6-10 m) tall, 1 ft (.3 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 43 lbs/ft3 (685 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .55, .69
Janka Hardness: 1,240 lbf (5,530 N)*
*Estimated hardness based upon specific gravity
Modulus of Rupture: No data available
Elastic Modulus: No data available
Crushing Strength: No data available
Shrinkage:No data available
Color/Appearance: Color ranges from a light yellowish-brown to a darker golden brown, sometimes with a greenish hue. Sapwood a much lighter yellow-white.
Endgrain: Ring-porous; 5-10 rows of medium earlywood pores, exclusively solitary latewood pores grading from medium to very small; growth rings distinct; rays visible without lens; parenchyma not visible with hand lens.
Rot Resistance: No data available.
Workability: No data available.
Odor: No characteristic odor.
Pricing/Availability: Russian Olive tends to be a very small tree, with a highly branching form that is not conducive to large or straight logs. Wood is limited to small-scale and hobbyist uses. Being a fairly common and fast-growing tree, prices should be moderate.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common Uses: Knife scales, bowls, pens, and other small woodturning projects.