Plant Care Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive

About Autumn Olive

Eleagnus umbellata is an invasive deciduous shrub or small tree. It can fix nitrogen in its roots. It has sharp thorns, pale white to yellow heavily fragrant flowers and vibrant red berries. It threatens native species by out-competing them and interfering with natural nutrient cycling and plant succession.


Elaeagnus umbellata

Also known as

Spreading Oleaster, autumn elaeagnus, autumn-olive and oleaster

How to care for Autumn Olive


How often to water your Autumn Olive

Water needs for Autumn Olive
0.5 cups
every 9

Autumn Olive needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Autumn Olive

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Autumn Olive in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Autumn Olive: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Autumn Olive love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Autumn Olive does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Autumn Olive

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Autumn Olive: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Autumn Olive after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Autumn Olive can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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