• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established in landscape, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:OH-lee-a yu-RO-pee-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 24, 29, 30, 33
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA small olive with all the Mediterranean look and feel without the size or the fruit. Shrub forms produce beautiful single plants, or line them up into a natural or sheared hedge. Particularly useful along driveways and streetside where reflected heat from paving and vehicles would wither less heat hardy species. Trained as patio trees they make outstanding potted specimens, a pair flanking a classical sculpture or an Italian style wall fountain is hard to beat. In ground these patio trees are ideal in vine pockets and along walkways where staccato repeats create bold a semiformal style.
    Companion PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Bay Laurel (Laurus); Pomegranate (Punica); Lavender (Lavandula); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Container plants require additional watering.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established in landscape, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This dwarf fruitless olive was introduced by Monrovia in 1987. Its ancestor is Olea europea, the fruiting olive of the Mediterranean which descended in antiquity from a scrubby wild olive known in the Holy Land. This Oleaster angustifolia contributes the shorter stature to the contemporary plants. The olive was first planted into Southern California by the mission padres and have contributed to the early landscape character of that region.
    Lore:
    A symbol of peace and prosperity, the olive has a long history in the western world, beginning with the ancient Greeks, who named their city Athens after the goddess Athena gave them the olive tree.

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