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Olea europaea


Perfect for growing in a container or pot

A very attractive tree, especially when older and knarled. The narrow grey-green leaves are retained all year round and in late spring fragrant white flowers are followed by green fruit in hotter summers.


This plant is hardy in mild parts of the UK especially the south west. They love full sun so a south facing wall is ideal. It makes an incredible potted plant and can be grown as a bonsai.


Plant in any well-drained soil.

The European olive originates in southern Europe, around the Mediterranean and Africa. They have become naturalised in suitable habitats around the world, often by Spanish and Portuguese sailors as a source of food and oil.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 675 cm - 900 cm
Plant width 970 cm - 1200 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 260 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 Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September