Olea europaea - Bush Form

Plants are supplied in standard nursery pots.

Olea europaea - Bush Form

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European Olive

Iconic hardy Mediterranean evergreen tree with stylish grey-green foliage. Can clipped to suit formal gardens or left looser for more relaxed naturalistic designs, and thrives in full sun and good drainage - or in a pot and watered well during warmer months.

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The European olive tree is an unmistakable signature plant for travellers in the Mediterranean parts of the world, where it has been grown for centuries for its oil and fruit production. Recent years have seen the olive tree becoming increasingly popular as an ornamental tree in the UK as word of its hardiness and general robust nature has spread. 

Full sun and sharp drainage are the key requirements for olive trees. Ultimately even a large olive tree plants can easily be confined to any size garden by pruning of the branches annually.

Olive trees available at the Palm Centre nursery in a range of sizes and from Ancient, Mature, Bush form and Half Standard. We source our olives in person from handpicked Spanish growers with healthy high quality stock.

Olea europaea - Bush Form Identification Sheet

Species / Cultivar
Common name(s)
European Olive
Outdoors, full sun preferred
Well drained fertile soil

Usually bought together

Frequently asked questions about olive trees

Can I keep an olive tree in a pot?

Small and medium olive trees can be grown in pots. Choose a deep pot with good drainage, as the olive tree is used to a free draining soil. 

When can I plant an olive tree in the ground?

Olive trees can be planted in the ground all year round, as long as the soil is not frozen. Like any other tree, it's preferable though to plant the olive tree when the plants are dormant, in autumn or early spring. 

How do I prune my olive tree?

Olive trees tend to respond well to prunin. Dead and awkwardly grown branches can be removed in late spring. Pinching the tips of the young shoots will encourage branching. 

Always wait until the rains of the winter are done, since pruning opens up entry points for water-borne diseases to enter the tree. 

Do not prune your olive trees after August. This will ensure the tree has enough time to heal before winter sets in.

Can olive trees grow in the UK?

Olive trees are cold hardy down to -10 degrees. They may require some winter protection in harsh winters or in Northern regions. 

Newly planted olive trees , young plants and new shoots are especially prone to frost damage. Young trees kept in pots can be placed in conservatories or unheated greenhouses when frost is forecasted.

Can I grow an olive tree indoors?

We do not recommend keeping an olive tree as an indoor plant. 

They are cold hardy trees that require a sleep period over the winter to promote cold hardiness and to harden the trunk.

Plants that are kept indoors for too long may develop mould and mildew, as the leaves of the tree are hairy and retain moisture and catch mould spores from the air. 

How often should I water my olive tree?

While the olive trees are quite drought tolerant, it's recommended not to allow soil to become too dry. Newly planted olive trees, plants in pots and in sandy soils must be watered more frequently. Do not water the trunk or the leaves, as this will encourage mould and mildew to form.

Outdoor plants pot sizes
Outdoor plants pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plants measurements
Plant measurements

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.

Plant warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery information

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed. Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 

Please make sure you leave delivery instructions, at checkout, in case you won't be at home when the courier delivers.







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Reviews (4)

Rated 4.88 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 4 customer reviews
Lovely Little Olive Trees
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Looking forward to watching these lovely little trees grow, excellent service.
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Absolutely blown away by the beautiful plants we received from you guys the Olive bush is glorious and now planning where I can squeeze another one into the garden! Thank you so much
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Such beautiful trees, in lovely condition and sent really quickly. Also great customer service. Thanks!
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The tree arrived promptly and was in good condition. The branches are rather 'bunched up'.
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