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Olive Tree in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Olea europaea

 

Olive Tree

Olea europaea is an evergreen tree with glossy grey-green to dark-green foliage. It bears clusters of tiny scented white flowers followed by green or purple olives. They take at least four years to produce fruit.

 
plant Features
  • Olive Tree likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Olive Tree likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Olive Tree is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Olive Tree likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Olive Tree

Latin name

Olea europaea

type

Trees or Shrubs

family

Oleaceae

ph

5.6 - 7.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Olive Tree likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Olive Tree is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Olive Tree likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Olive Tree likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Olive Tree is 12.00meters x 10.00meters 12.00 M 10.00 M

Olea europaea

Olea europaea is an evergreen tree with glossy grey-green to dark-green foliage. It bears clusters of tiny scented white flowers followed by green or purple olives. They take at least four years to produce fruit.


Flowering Season

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Small white flowers appear in Spring - the warmer the climate, the earlier the flower buds appear.

 

Plant container plants

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant container plants in a sunny position, and keep the compost moist at all times. In order to flower and fruit, olives need a two month cold period of below 10 deg.C. They also need day and night fluctuation of temperature, so indoor plants are unlikely to flower or fruit.

 

Propagation by Semi Hardwood Cuttings

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from late summer to mid autumn the bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14 cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with a suitable compost, water well, they must remain moist till rooted, place under glass but in semi shade.

 

Propagation by Seed

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

Fill a seed tray with seed compost,water and allow to drain. Sprinkle seeds over the surface allowing roughly 25mm space between seeds and cover with a thin layer of compost. Put tray in a clear polythene bag and place on a windowsill. When seedlings show remove plastic bag. When the second pair of leaves appear on the seedlings thin out to 50mm spacing by removing the weakest looking plants. After 2 or 3 weeks and when danger of frost has passed plants can then be planted outside into required position.

 
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