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Commonly known as Common olive
EvergreenOpposite, irregularly toothed leaves to 8cm (3in) long
TreeSlow growing tree developing a rounded head. The tiny flowers are followed by spherical to ovoid green fruit to 4cm (1½in) long which ripens to black
Additional FeaturesGood to knowFruit is unlikely to ripen in UK climatePests & DiseasesScale insects under glassPlace of originMediterranean
Flower ShapePaniclesAxillary panicles to 5cm (2in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winterUnder glass grow in loam-based compost JI No.3 with additional sharp sand in full light. Restrictive pruning in spring when requiredSub-tropical / mediterranean
(see photos above)
(see photos above)Lanceolate (see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilDeep, sharply drained soil