Olea europaea – Topiary

European Olive

(17 customer reviews)

From: £30.95

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.

Topiary Olea europaea is a medium sized tree with a thin trunk, iconic silver-grey green leathery leaves clipped into a loose ball, and sweetly scented flowers. These are a perfect choice for those looking for an olive in a more formal garden, or to decorate entrances.

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

Named ‘the queen of all trees’ by the ancient Roman agricultural writer Lucius Columella, these trees massively influenced ancient Roman and Greek culture. 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 – Topiary
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: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
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.

I ordered 8 of the small trees and 2 half standard. They’re everything I hoped for, stunning olive trees of excellent quality. The larger ones are bigger than expected

Jan D

I ordered 8 of the small trees and 2 half standard. They’re everything I hoped for, stunning olive trees of excellent quality. The larger ones are bigger than expected

17 customer reviews for Olea europaea – Topiary

Just wanted to thank you for the very speedy delivery of beautiful, healthy looking plants, a trachycarpus fortunei, cordyline australis, and 2 olive trees. I ordered them on 18th March and received delivery on 20th March. I look forward to watching them mature in my garden.

Alison B.

Reasonable price, fast delivery and an excellent little tree. Very pleased.


Superb service, excellent communication and beautiful trees!

D Tyler

Delighted with my purchase. Speedy delivery too. Excellent value.

Julian, Brighton