Olea europaea - Olive Tree

  • The Olea europaea is a slow growing, medium sized evergreen tree that can reach to heights of 3m, originating from the Mediterranean. It is well known for its fruit, the olive.

  • The long oval, irregularly toothed leaves are of a grey-green colour on top and a silvery green-grey underneath reaching up to 8cm in length.

  • During Jun- July very small whitish and yellow scented flowers are produced and if planted in suitable conditions can then go onto producing edible fruits.

  • Olives can grow outdoors as long as they are in well-drained soil and are placed in a sunny position in a protected garden. The Olea europaea is drought tolerant and hardy to -5c.

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