Description from Flora of China
Elaeagnus angustifolia Linnaeus var. spinosa Kuntze.
Trees, deciduous, 5-20 m tall, with reddish brown bark. Spines absent or sharp, 0.7-3 cm; young branches and both leaf surfaces silvery white, densely stellate-scaly, or adaxial leaf surface grayish green. Petiole 6-10 mm, slender, densely white scaly; leaf blade oblong-linear or linear-lanceolate, 3-7 × 0.6-1.8 cm, lateral veins 7-9 per side of midrib, inconspicuous on both surfaces, apex acute or acuminate. Flowers 1-3 in leaf axils. Pedicel ca. 2 mm. Flowers white, fragrant. Calyx tube campanulate or funnelform, ca. 4 mm, abruptly constricted above ovary; lobes narrowly ovate, ca. 3.6 × 2 mm, inside yellow and glabrous, apex acuminate. Filaments slightly white, ca. 0.4 mm; anthers oblong, ca. 2 mm. Style elongate, curved in upper part. Drupe yellowish brown when ripe, globose-ovoid, or subglobose, 0.9-1 cm × 6-8 mm, sparsely brownish scaly, subglabrous. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Sep-Oct.
Deserts, farmland, roadsides; 400-700 m. Gansu, Xinjiang [Russia].