Common name: Olive tree
A young olive tree has a trunk that’s smooth and as it ages it transforms to what’s known as a gnarled olive trunk, the young skins of the olive tree split and splinter over meany years to produce the bark ageing process of a semi-gnarled olive tree that is full of character and interest just like the one above in the picture. 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 . 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.