Olive tree

Olea europaea

Olive tree - Olea europaea

Common Name: Olive tree
Genus: Olea
Species: europaea

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Edible fruit, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained


  • As our climate gets milder the popularity of olive trees continues to grow. Olives respond particularly well to pruning and they look elegant and modern grown as standards with a long clear stem. Olive trees have tiny fragrant creamy-white summer flowers in summer and pointed grey-green and leathery leaves are retained all year. This elegant evergreen tree makes an excellent specimen plant for a sunny Mediterranean-style garden. In frost-prone areas it's best grown in a large container under glass or planted at the base of a sunny sheltered wall.
  • Garden Care: To protect against wind damage stake using a low angled stake driven into the ground on the windward side at a 45į angle. Water regularly during dry periods keeping the planting area weed-free. Apply a top-dressing of a nitrogen-rich general purpose fertiliser twice or three times each year during the growing season.
  • Goes well with: Artemisia 'Powis Castle', Lavandula augustifolia 'Munstead', Euphorbia myrsinites, Euphorbia characias subspecies wulfenii 'John Tomlinson' Genista hispanica, Ballota pseudodictamnus.