The Olive Tree instantly conjures up images of the Mediterranean, but surprisingly its origins are from South Africa and Asia as well. With a history dating back thousands of years this tree is thought to be a symbol of peace, wisdom and purity. Although growing olives can be difficult in Britain, it is possible with the right conditions; a sunny and warm, protected location is essential, preferably with well-drained yet moist soil. This tree is also well known for its distinctive trunk, which grows twisted and gnarly with age. Its foliage consists of grey-green leaves, roughly 8cm in length as well as small, yellow-white flowers in spring. It is a slow-growing tree, which develops into a rounded habit and creates a characteristic feature point for your garden.
Ideal Conditions: Sunny, warm, protected location, well-drained soil
Maximum Height: 10 metres