Buy Olea Europaea – Olive Tree for sale
The olive tree Olea Europaea grows in sub-tropical and temperate areas including some parts of the UK though its optimum temperature range is 5-25C.
Olea Europaea olive fruit tree is increasingly being grown in containers as a Specimen Plant in UK gardens. The attractive evergreen foliage accounts for its popularity as the olive tree retains its pointed leathery grey-green leaves all year round.
Tiny scented white flowers appear in late spring often followed later in the year by small, ornamental fruit. For the olive tree fruit to ripen fully, it needs a long, hot summer followed by a cooler winter, though the exact temperatures depend on the specific cultivar. Despite this, some gardeners in milder parts of the UK have managed to grow edible olives from their own olive tree.
Growth Rate:Slow growing
Hardiness: The Olive tree is hardy enough to do well in the milder areas of the UK. After all even in the Mediterranean, olive trees growing in the mountains encounter frost and snow in winter. Mature olive trees are very frost tolerant, surviving temperatures down to -12C. However young olive trees are less hardy and should be placed in a cold greenhouse in winter. As UK climate gets milder, olive trees are being grown successfully all over Britain and some olive trees are even producing edible fruit
Position: Sunny sheltered position. Windbreaks will be needed in exposed areas. Hot, dry winds and cold wet weather during the flowering season will adversely affect fruit set
Soil:Alkaline soils, provided that the pH level is not higher than 8.5.The soil should be fertile but not excessively so medium fertility is best as too much fertiliser results in excessive vegetative growth. Well drained.
Watering: You should water olives regularly during dry periods, particularly for the first two or three years after planting. Mulching with organic material is also beneficial. If the olive tree is grown in a pot, place pots on feet to allow free drainage
Fertilisers: Fertiliser containing medium to high levels of nitrogen should be applied to anolive tree in two or three doses when the olive tree is actively growing. Potassium and boron supplements may be necessary on some soils. Applying a liquid feed every three to four weeks and a soil conditioner such as seaweed extract every year will produce optimum growth and larger olives.