Russian-olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Family: Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster)
Branching: Alternate

This small tree or shrub is commonly planted in gardens and yards (but sometimes escapes in small patches).  It's buds and twigs are covered in dense whitish hairs, giving it a very silver appearance.

Twig of Russian-olive.  Notice how hairy they are.  

Like Autumn-olive, Russian-olive often has thorns (sometimes quite discreet)

Young branch

Russian-olive bark as it matures.

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