Description: O. europaea is a small tree native to the warm regions of Europe and west Asia, particularly around the Mediterranean basin. It is now naturalised in many areas of the world and grown for its fruit, the olive, which is used culinarily with many different applications.
Size: O. europaea is a fairly small tree, rarely reaching heights of over 10 metres. It has a rather "shrub-like" appearance due to a bushy leaf growth compared to its height.
Conditions: This tree enjoys hot weather and a shade-less location, as well as nutrient-poor, sandy soils as are found close to the coast where this species thrives best.
Propagation: In the wild this tree propagates via its seeds. In domesticated conditions it is often grafted from particularly well-growing and tolerant specimens.
When to plant: It should only be grown in temperate or sub-tropical conditions and can be planted at any time of the year. Ensure no frost will get to the young plant as it will likely destroy it.