Olea europaea


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Fruit, Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


Olea europaea

Plant details

The olive, Olea europaea, is an attractive, slow-growing evergreen tree of Mediterranean origin. It forms a rounded head of small, silver-grey leaves and is tolerant of hot, dry conditions. Tiny creamy-white flowers appear in summer, followed by small, round green olives that ripen to black.

In the Mediterranean Olea europaea is cultivated widely for its fruits. In the UK they are not fully hardy and require a warm, sheltered spot to thrive. Alternatively grow in a large pot and move into the shelter of a cool greenhouse over the winter months.

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Olea

Species: europaea

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver, Grey

Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

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well i hope that tomorow we will have nice day for racolt.

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