The Tallest Olive Tree

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This Olive tree was our feature tree in our 2012 award winning display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Olea europaea (Olive tree)


Overall height including rootball: 460cm

Trunk height: 240cm

Rootball height: 60cm

Rootball diameter: approx. 240cm

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We hand pick all of our ancient old olive trees, its a fun job and someone has to do it! We source our beautiful olives from an eastern area of Spain near the mountains so we know they have good provenance and and good cold tolerance. People are often suprised to learn that olive trees are really tough and will easily cope with very low temperatures. They of course love the sun and a free draining soil, and are incredibly wind tolerant, so a coastal position is absolutely fine.

This beautiful olive tree is a very special tree to us, and will stay with us until the right home is found. To find an olive tree as tall and twisted as this is very unusual, as olives generally do not reach this sort of height. We just had to have it in our award winning Chelsea Flower Show garden! We can help you with the logistical arrangements of transporting this tree and will be happy to assist with transport and planting. Please call if you have any queries or questions you might like to ask.

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  • Situation Open Close

    Olive trees love a sunny, sheltered well drained site; a south facing position is ideal, however it’s not essential as long as there is lots of sunlight and the soil is well drained. A well drained soil can be achieved by digging in lots of grit before planting. Wind is not a problem for olives - they can even cope in a seaside location with salt laden winds. The same conditions apply for container grown olives, potting up with a mixture of John Innes No.3 and multipurpose compost, ideally with some added grit for drainage.

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  • Feeding Open Close

    To help promote new growth, flowering and fruiting, give a feed with a slow release general purpose fertiliser around the base of the plant in spring. In the growing season an occasional feed with a liquid fertiliser is beneficial. Stop feeding after August as this will promote soft new growth which could be damaged in winter. It is more important to feed container planted trees as the nutrients are soon depleted from the soil after a growing season.

  • Pruning Open Close

    Olives respond well to pruning; to help keep in shape and to promote new growth. A light prune in spring will help shape the tree after the winter, cut out any dead, damaged or diseased growth. In summer a heavier prune can be done if required, olives can put a lot of growth on during this time and might need to be kept in check.

  • Watering Open Close

    If planted into a container make sure the tree is well watered during the growing season as the roots cannot search for water like they do in the ground, especially so if in terracotta as this bakes the soil in summer. In the first year of planting, olive trees in the ground need to be kept well watered too, however once established they can tolerate some small periods of drought but prefer to be watered occasionally.

  • Pests and Diseases Open Close

    Generally pest free, occasionally olive trees can be prone to Peacock or Black Spot or Woolly Aphid. Black Spot (small brown circles on leaf, leaf turning yellowy brown) can be treated by spraying with a fungicide. Woolly Aphid (white fluffy like substance appearing on leaf axils and pruning cuts) needs treating with an insecticide. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for best application.

  • Winter Care Open Close

    Olive trees are surprisingly very hardy; large plants can be hardy to around -15C (and lower), as long as the compost/soil is well drained. Mature plants will be evergreen to around this temperature, younger plants are more susceptible to leaf loss if the temperatures are continually very low. Small plants can be over-wintered inside to help retain leaves; maximise ventilation and light and water occasionally. They soon start to regain their leaves once the spring has arrived. Watch out for the roots of containerised plants becoming waterlogged.