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Olea europaea 'Little Ollie' (Olive 'Little Ollie' )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Olea europaea 'Little Ollie'

Other names

Olive 'Little Ollie' , Dwarf olive 'Little Ollie' , Olea europaea 'Montra'

Genus

Olea Olea

Variety or Cultivar

'Little Ollie' _ 'Little Ollie' is a compact, upright, evergreen shrub with leathery, lance-shaped, mid- to dark green leaves, paler beneath, and panicles of tiny, fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late spring. This cultivar does not produce fruit or seed.


Olea europaea 'Little Ollie' is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Compact, Upright

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green, Dark-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.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Olea europaea 'Little Ollie' (Olive 'Little Ollie' ) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Olea europaea 'Little Ollie'

Other names

Olive 'Little Ollie' , Dwarf olive 'Little Ollie' , Olea europaea 'Montra'

Genus

Olea Olea

Variety or Cultivar

'Little Ollie' _ 'Little Ollie' is a compact, upright, evergreen shrub with leathery, lance-shaped, mid- to dark green leaves, paler beneath, and panicles of tiny, fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late spring. This cultivar does not produce fruit or seed.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant.

Habit

Compact, Upright


Colour

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green, Dark-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.

Propagation methods

Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Olea europaea 'Little Ollie' (Olive 'Little Ollie' ) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Olea europaea 'Little Ollie' (Olive 'Little Ollie' )

Common pest name

Japanese swift moth

Scientific pest name

Endoclita excrescens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest whose larvae feed off a range of herbaceous and woody hosts. Native to East Asia where substantial impacts have been observed; and current import requirements do not fully mitigate the risk of introduction. A PRA will help to assess the level of risk more fully.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Olea europaea 'Little Ollie' (Olive 'Little Ollie' )

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Olea europaea 'Little Ollie' (Olive 'Little Ollie' )

Common pest name

False codling moth

Scientific pest name

Thaumatotibia leucotreta

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pest; detected mainly on citrus and peppers. EU regulation under consideration following recurrent interceptions.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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