Olea europaea

Olea europaea

Olive tree

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Flowers

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Fruits
Fruits

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  • Botanical name: Olea europaea
  • Common name: Olive tree
  • Family: Oleaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Silver

The olive tree, Olea europaea, is an attractive, slow-growing evergreen 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.

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In the Mediterranean olive trees are cultivated widely for their fruits. In the UK they’re not fully hardy and require a warm, sheltered spot to thrive. Alternatively grow olive trees in large pots and move them into the shelter of a cool greenhouse over the winter months.

How to grow olive trees

  • Plant size

    10m height

    10m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

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Do Plant in May

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Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does fruit in July

Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Olea europaea and wildlife

Olea europaea has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Olea europaea poisonous?

Olea europaea has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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