OLEA europaea

Commonly known as Common olive

Small white flowers and leathery green leaves, silver beneath
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Opposite, irregularly toothed leaves to 8cm (3in) long
  • Cream
  • Height
    8m (26ft)
  • Spread
    8m (26ft)
  • Tree
    Slow 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
  • Full sun

OLEA europaea

 
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  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Fruit is unlikely to ripen in UK climate
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects under glass
    Place of origin
    Mediterranean
  • Flower Shape
    Panicles
    Axillary panicles to 5cm (2in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Greenhouse / conservatory
    Not 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 winter
    Under glass grow in loam-based compost JI No.3 with additional sharp sand in full light. Restrictive pruning in spring when required
    Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Leaf margin
    Dentate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Lanceolate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable 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 Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Deep, sharply drained soil
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Olea - Growing Guide

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