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Olea europaea Fastigiata

Olive

Bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your garden with your own Olive tree. Silvery leaves are seen through the year and as your tree grows the trunk will twist and become gnarled with age. A crop of olives may also be possible in milder areas and warm weather.

Where?

A great choice for a big container in a sunny spot or to plant in a border in milder locations. Happiest in a sunny site and well drained soil.

How?

Add sand or grit to the soil when planting to help with drainage. If planting in a pot use John Innes No 3 potting compost and use pot feet in winter to help with drainage. Feed each spring with a suitable fertiliser and cut back long stems in summer to maintain the shape of your tree. 

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 600 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, City garden, Gravel garden, Mediterranean garden

Typically available

From April to September