Perhaps due to their beautiful structure, Silverberry have been used in prepared microscope slides for many decades. Visible with modest magnification under a biological microscope, Silverberry Scaly Hairs are fascinating to observe.
Belonging to the Elaeagnus genus they are part of a family consisting of shrubs and trees that produce fruits high in vitamin A and E, bioactive compounds, minerals, flavonoids and proteins, and are consumed by wildlife and humans. All of the Elaeagnus species are nitrogen fixers. They take nitrogen out of the air and put it into the ground through a symbiotic relationship with a bacteria that lives in their roots, thereby improving the fertility of the surrounding soils.