Olea europaea – Topiary

European Olive

(13 customer reviews)

From £29.95 £22.46

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.

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

13 customer reviews for Olea europaea – Topiary

Ordering was easy and straightforward on the website. I ordered 8 olive trees and in stock. Email to confirm purchase immediately. Dispatch the following day and informed by email immediately. Order received on time as informed on tracking. Trees healthy and excellent quality. The best indeed. Thank you so much for being wonderful at every step of the process.

Yee L. (verified owner)

Strong healthy plants. Great customer service in terms of there being no difficulties and great communication. The courier service was excellent – plants arrived safely and healthily, they arrived before they were expected which suited us as they were a gift and the delivery driver was friendly. Would certainly consider using this company again.

Elizabeth H.

The olive trees arrived yesterday on a one-day courier service, as promised. Despatch did take a little while, but the delay was advised prior to placing the order. The trees look beautiful and much nicer than I imagined they would be for the price. I haven’t planted them yet and have only had them since yesterday so I can’t comment on how they develop but from my experience so far I would recommend the Palm Centre and the olive trees.

Susanne A. (verified owner)

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. (verified owner)

I received my olive tree safely this week. Thank you. Very impressed with how it was packed. The tree is exactly as I had hoped. I immediately tried to order 2 more for Xmas presents but alas – sold out.


Ordered 2 olive trees. Arrived in good protective packaging. The trees match each other well which is great as they will be either side of the door. Excellent quality trees with a very full and healthy head of leaves. I nearly bought olive trees from a supermarket chain which were slightly cheaper but I’m very glad I didn’t and instead purchased from the Palm Centre as the quality is far superior for not much more money. I would definitely recommend these olive trees and I would purchase other items from the Palm Centre in future.

Suzanne T.

Plant is in tip top condition couldn’t be happier

Luke D.

Received tree and was bigger than i was expecting.In really good condition and was packaged securely.Really pleased with the olive tree.Would recommend any one to buy 1.

julie W.

Customer service good, they let me know when the tree was dispatched & due to arrive. Well packaged to protect plant, which arrived quickly from being despatched & in perfect condition. Very good size & quality Olive Tree. I am pleased with purchase & would make future purchases from The Palm Centre. Thank you!

laura G.

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