Olea europaea Standard

Common name: Common olive

You will admire the luxurious taste of Olea europaea - olives the perfect addition to your diet.

-5 to -10°C
Good for Pollinators

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A fantastic Mediterranean shrub or tree and a frequent favourite in show gardens. With beautifully formed silvery green leaves, light enough to catch the breeze and give shimmering interest to the garden, Olea europaea will give a magical reminder of European shores.Olea europaea live for hundreds of years in their native habitat, reaching monumental heights too. The gnarly trunks of centenarians are much prized and exchange hands for thousands - this smaller version is equally appealing whilst being a manageable size. These plants happily grow in containers, or in a sheltered spot with protection from harsh winds. Trees will blossom in summer, forming decorative fruits (they seldom mature fully in the UK) in late summer to autumn. Birds and other wildlife will greatly appreciate these immature fruits as winter draws in.Olea europaea prefers to be planted in well-drained soil and is drought tolerant once established. Ensure it receives the maximum amount of sunshine from a south facing site. A hardy, evergreen perennial tree which eventually reaches up to 8m tall with a spread of 2.5m.
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Key Information
Latin Name Olea europaea Standard 2.5 litre pot
Common Name Common olive
Hardiness H4 (-5 to -10°C)
Colour White
Type Tree
Position Full-Sun
Format 2.5 Litre Pots
Height in Maturity (m) 8.00
Spread in Maturity (m) 2.50
Soil Conditions Chalk Clay Loam Sand
Aspect South-facing
Drought Tolerant Yes
Good for pots Yes
Good for wildlife Yes
Good for pollinators Yes

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