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Olive Tree- Olea europaea

With a name derived from its iconic fruit, the Olive Tree boasts characteristics that make it a stunning addition to any outdoor space. From its graceful foliage to its deep-rooted symbolism, this remarkable tree brings a touch of elegance and Mediterranean charm to your garden.

Green oval fruit on a silvery-green stem and green spear-shaped leaves.

General Care 

Light

The Olive Tree thrives in abundant sunlight and loves to bask in the warmth of full sun exposure. Ensure it receives at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily to promote healthy growth and fruit production.

Water

While the Olive Tree is drought-tolerant once established, it requires regular watering during the growing season. Aim for well-draining soil and water deeply, allowing the top few inches to dry out between waterings. Be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

Humidity

Olive Trees are well-adapted to Mediterranean climates and can withstand a wide range of humidity levels. However, they generally prefer moderate humidity. If you live in an arid region, misting the leaves occasionally can help create a more favourable microclimate for your tree.

A silver-green Olive Tree growing in a brick courtyard.

Soil

Plant your Olive Tree in well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH range (6.0-7.5). Incorporate organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure for a nutrient-rich soil mix. Avoid heavy clay soils that retain excessive moisture.

Fun Plant Facts:

Ancient Symbolism: The Olive Tree symbolises peace, wisdom, and fertility, and its branches were used to crown victors in the ancient Olympic Games.

Extraordinary Longevity: Olive Trees are among the oldest known cultivated trees, with some living for over 2,000 years.

Liquid Gold: Olive oil, derived from the fruits of the Olive Tree, is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and offers numerous health benefits.

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