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Olea europaea (any variety) (Olive (any variety))

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
10m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Olea europaea (any variety)

Other names

Olive (any variety)

Genus

Olea Olea

Variety or Cultivar

Olea europaea (any variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Olea europaea (Olive), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

Olea europaea (any variety) are upright, rounded or spreading, evergreen trees with leathery, narrowly elliptic to lance-shaped, dark grey-green leaves, paler beneath, and panicles of tiny, fragrant, creamy-white flowers from late spring into summer followed by green fruit ripening black in autumn.


Olea europaea (any variety) is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Oval-headed, Rounded, Spreading, Upright

Flower

Insignificant or absent, White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Scale insects Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Can be trained as a patio tree with a single trunk. If grown under glass, prune in spring to restrict size.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Olea europaea (any variety) (Olive (any variety)) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Foliage only, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Conservatory, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, sharply drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Drought tolerant once established. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost with added sharp sand in full light. Feed monthly & water moderately in growth; water sparingly in winter. Some cultivars may not produce fruit in the coldest areas of their growing range. Some cultivars are fertile, others sterile.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Olea europaea (any variety)

Other names

Olive (any variety)

Genus

Olea Olea

Variety or Cultivar

Olea europaea (any variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Olea europaea (Olive), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

Olea europaea (any variety) are upright, rounded or spreading, evergreen trees with leathery, narrowly elliptic to lance-shaped, dark grey-green leaves, paler beneath, and panicles of tiny, fragrant, creamy-white flowers from late spring into summer followed by green fruit ripening black in autumn.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Oval-headed, Rounded, Spreading, Upright


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Can be trained as a patio tree with a single trunk. If grown under glass, prune in spring to restrict size.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Olea europaea (any variety) (Olive (any variety)) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Foliage only, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Conservatory, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, sharply drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Drought tolerant once established. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost with added sharp sand in full light. Feed monthly & water moderately in growth; water sparingly in winter. Some cultivars may not produce fruit in the coldest areas of their growing range. Some cultivars are fertile, others sterile.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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