Olive Care Guide - Caring for Olive Tree Topiary
Caring for Olive Trees
|Common name||Olive Tree|
|Latin name||Olea Europaea.|
|Description||An elegant, slow-growing evergreen plant. The olive tree has grey-green leaves and tiny, fragrant, creamy-white flowers followed by edible, green fruits which slowly turn black in the autumn.|
|General care||Water well in the summer but sparingly in the winter.|
|Pruning||Trim or pinch out shoots during the summer months to retain a balanced shape.|
|Feeding||Feed 2-3 times during the spring and summer with a general purpose fertilizer.|
|Soil||Fertile and free drained soil.|
|Aspect||Prefers a sheltered spot in full sun.|
|Hardy||Established olive tree plants are generally tolerant of light frosts and temperatures down to freezing and olives are able to live outdoors all year in milder parts of the UK. Winter protection may be required during prolonged cold spells. Move into a sheltered area for protection. Can also be brought indoors and placed in a light, airy, well lit spot such as a conservatory or greenhouse.|
|Flowering||Flowering period - summer.
Flower colour – cream, small flowers are lightly scented.
Flowering is followed by the olive fruits.