Olea europaea – Mature

European Olive

(10 customer reviews)

From: £193.95

The European olive tree is an unmistakable symbol of both the Mediterranean landscape and way of life, dating back several millennia. Olea europaea has been cultivated and grown for its fruit and oil by people as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, but it is nonetheless hardy enough to be suitable for British gardens.

Mature Olea europaea is a tall evergreen tree with a hard wood trunk, iconic silver-grey green leathery leaves and sweetly scented flowers. All our olives are carefully selected to meet all plant health requirements.

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Origin: Mediterranean
Genus: Olea
Species / Cultivar: europaea
Common Name: European Olive

Plant Biography

The European Olive Tree is an unmistakable symbol of both the Mediterranean landscape and way of life, dating back several millennia. Named ‘the queen of all trees’ by the ancient Roman agricultural writer Lucius Columella, they have long represented wealth, abundance, power and peace – a wreath of its foliage was even presented to victorious ancient Greek athletes as a trophy of their success.

Widely distributed across the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia, Olea europaea is of course most well known for its fruit – the olive. In the Mediterranean, where they have been grown for over 5,000 years, around 90% of the world’s olives are produced, proving to be one of the region’s most valuable crops.

Today, there are thought to be around 865 million olive trees in the world, some of which are claimed to be at least 2000 years old and yet still produce olives!

Olea europaea – Mature
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2-5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Olea europaea can be planted or kept in a pot, so long as they have good drainage and are watered well in the warmer summer months. Olives make for a stunning feature to suit a wide variety of styles, either clipped to suit formal gardens or left loose for more naturalistic designs.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This evergreen bush is hardy and, from its coastal heritage, can withstand strong winds and even minus temperatures. So, despite their Mediterranean roots, olives are perfectly suitable for British gardens.

Olea europaea is a very slow growing plant and is tolerant of pruning, so it’s unlikely to outgrow the space it’s in.

The Tuscan form

The Tuscan form

Tuscan form of shaping olive trees reflects the traditional agricultural practices of Tuscany, where olive cultivation has been a vital part of the region’s economy and culinary heritage for centuries.

The Tuscan form involves training the olive tree to have a short, squat trunk with a wide, open crown. The lateral branches are trained to radiate outwards in a balanced manner, creating a symmetrical and open canopy. These branches are pruned and thinned regularly to maintain the desired shape. The aim is to create a well-spaced arrangement of branches that allows sunlight to penetrate the canopy, ensuring optimal light exposure and airflow throughout the tree.

By keeping the tree relatively low and spreading the branches, the Tuscan form facilitates ease of maintenance and harvesting. The resulting olive trees have a distinctive and picturesque appearance, contributing to the overall beauty of the Tuscan landscape.

What beautiful olive trees, even bearing ripe olives. Already been greatly admired, fantastic service all round!

Maureen B

What beautiful olive trees, even bearing ripe olives. Already been greatly admired, fantastic service all round!

10 customer reviews for Olea europaea – Mature

All I can say is that communication was excellent with photographs of each tree taken and sent, delivery was very quick, even to the frozen north. The delivery company were brilliant and, of course, the olive trees are magnificent

Glyn Gaunt (verified owner)

Amazing tree, ordered on the Sunday and it arrived by the Wednesday. Really happy.

Hannah West (verified owner)

Delighted with our tree! We chose the 55Ltr pot, 160/180cm tall with trunk height 50/60cm, girth of 30/50cm, and with some very helpful photos sent to us as requested (via email) we were clear on what we wanted/ordered. Even more happy when it arrived! An excellent service and a truly lovely tree. I would say that the photo on the website is a true representation of the trees available.

Glenn Fish (verified owner)

Amazing customer service from Robert
Tree very health and looks amazing
Would highly recommend palm centre

Duncan J.