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Springtime Autumn Olive

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Near a small, untended apple orchard, there are a few thriving Autumn Olive trees. This was approximately a month ago, just before the pale yellow flowers had started to open. These trees are named for their very small, edible, olive-shaped fruits that begin to appear in Autumn, and both the leaves and the fruits of the Autumn Olive trees are silvery-scaled, having a distinctive texture, shown below.  I chose this springtime photo of the Autumn Olive for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season.

Native to Asia, the Autumn Olive is considered an invasive species to the United States.  It was introduced mainly as an ornamental and to prevent soil erosion.  Unfortunately, several of this resilient plant’s features give it a significant advantage over local flora, usually resulting in a loss of biodiversity.