Common name: Olive tree
Olive trees come in many shapes and forms from the young skin to the old ancient and gnarled with trunks of trees hundreds of years old. So easy to care for and they bring the beauty of the Mediterranean in to your garden. Evergreen and blends into a modern or traditional style of landscaping and made for the perfect feature tree. Winter hardy and even tolerant of snow. You could say an olive tree is as old as time dating back in ancient literature to 4000 BC and of course we all are familiar with the term “extending somebody and olive branch” the meaning of peace and good will.
Foliage Ever green & glossy leaf
Hardy Hardy in the UK survives down to -15
exposure Sheltered or exposed. North of UK -In harsh winds, fleece crown and bubble wrap pot as this is advised in extreme cold weathers.
Soil Most soil types
Watering . Keep moist but free drainage. Water regular in pots in the warmer months, minimum once to twice a week and more in full sun. During winter months don’t allow to dry out completely, but keep soil moist. When planted in the ground you must be aware that olive trees like free drainage and not water logged soil.
Potting John Innes no. 3. Mix some agricultural grit.
Fertiliser Osmocote slow release and tomato feed to promote olive growth.