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Our half standard Olive tree are the most affordable and flexible way to grow an olive, small enough to be slipped into smaller borders or be kept containerised. They can be trained and trimmed into shape for a formal situation or allowed to grow, in time, into a spreading evergreen tree. However you choose to grow your olives they will lend an unmistakeable air of the Mediterranean to your garden.
Our bush or natural form Olive tree have been grown so as to keep all the lower side branches, as opposed to having them pruned away to keep the trunk clear. In this way they can be used as a basis to create dense topiary columns or spirals, trimmed into tall columnar trees or grow into naturally shaped bushes and trees that are densely clothed down the entire height with branches and leaves.
The Mature Olive trees are large enough to use as a specimen yet easily accommodated in the mixed border, our mature size Olea europea are the perfect plant to instantly lend that air of the Mediterranean to your garden. Once planted there are many options open to you - they can be allowed to grow into a small tree or kept pruned to keep within limits, become a part of a formal scheme or just allowed to grow naturally. Whatever you do, they never fail to make an impact!
The Ancient Olive trees are the ultimate impact plant for the Mediterranean style garden: the fissured, twisted, gnarled and knobbly trunks on these ancient olive trees just ooze character and immediately captivate. To display them to best effect, try to give space around the plant, preferrably in its own raised bed with low-growing companions - lavander is the classic association. A casually fallen terracotta oil jar perfects the often used but never beaten vignette.