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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

Attractive, slow-growing evergreen tree of Mediterranean origin. It forms an rounded head of small, silver-grey leaves and is tolerant of hot, dry conditions. The tiny creamy-white flowers, which are produced in summer are small and insignificant. These are followed by small, round green fruit that ripen to black. In the mediterranean they are cultivated widely for their 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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