Botanical Name: Oleo europaea
Height: 8' - 10' if planted in containers; larger if grown in suitable climate.
Depth: Plant on the south or west side of a home or building. The warm wall will accelerate the ripening of the fruit.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Color: Creamy white flowers.
Foliage: Leathery, long leaves up to 3" long. Gray-green above and silvery gray-green beneath plant.
Fruit: Small oblong, plumlike green fruit ripening to black. This is considered a medium-sized olive.
Form: Tender fruit.
Flower Form: Small blooms develop in the axils of the alternate leaves.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil.
Growth Rate: Moderate.
Comments: The olive tree is a valued ornamental evergreen tree. Can become quite large in its natural habitat (southwest) with the trunk becoming intriguingly irregular and gnarled. The olive is self-fruitful and will bear small, plum-shaped, green fruit beginning in late summer and ripening to black in early- to mid-fall.
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