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What tree/bush is this?

 
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We have a bunch of these all around our property, they're just about taking over (as you can see it's encompassing our mailbox). What is it? Beneficial or not?





 
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Are the leaves sort of mealy, and quite white/silvery on the undersides? Are there berries? If so I would guess some kind of Eleagnus. Often considered invasive but if that's what it is, it's a nitrogen fixer, fruit is more or less edible, and a good animal forage.....
 
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Yes about the silver leaves, no about the berries.
 
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Probably Autumnberry (Elaeagnus umbellata), aka Japanese silverberry, autumn-olive and Russian-olive. It has edible fruit that appears in the fall. Highly invasive, it has become naturalized in many areas.

http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/midatlantic/elum.htm
 
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