Tree Profile

Ancient Olive Tree

Olea europaea
Ancient Olive Trees

Tree Profile

Ancient Olive Tree

Olea europaea

Ancient olive trees are prized for their beauty and attractive, silvery green foliage.

While ancient olive trees may still be producing substantial fruit after many, many years, they are now desired as status symbols and for the beauty of their twisting, gnarly trunks and branches.

Ancient olive trees have become indicators of wealth. Situated flanking a drive, entryway or loggia, these trees immediately convey a sense of permanence and history. Homeowners and landscape architects include these trees in garden designs to provide shade, privacy and noise reduction.

The ancient olive tree compliments many facets of design from classic, Tuscan architecture to contrasting modern minimalism. And it is conveniently durable for transplanting. Ancient olive trees respond well to relocation, making them an ideal tree to provide a sense of history on new (and old) construction sites.



Fruiting and Fruitless (when available)

Olive Oil


Olive fruiting for curing or oil may depend upon cultivar desired. We offer ancient olive trees in many cultivars, depending upon availability.


Spring or Summer

Inconspicuous, white flowers; prized for evergreen foliage and its fall fruit.


Greece, Italy, Spain, U.S.A.




Gray-Green to Dark Green Colors




Wide range of trunk diameter or circumference size, as well as variations in canopy size and density

Most ancient olive trees have been regularly pruned over the years, reflecting trunks that have expanded substantially in girth, while the canopy has been kept in check via annual trimming.


Landscape Use

Coastal Exposure, Container, Kitchen Garden, Specimen – Flanking entryways, driveways, pathways, patios, pools. Focal interest in a courtyard.


USDA 8 – 11, Sunset 24


Hardy down 20 to 30 °F


Full sun


Once established, water occasionally.

Water more frequently in extreme heat or containers. Newly planted olive trees (even ancient ones) will require more water to establish. Upon assimilation to new environment, your ancient olive tree will become fairly drought tolerant.


Well-drained, nutrient poor soil

Light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils all acceptable. Olive trees prefer well-drained soil and even grow well in nutritionally poor soil. Hot, rocky locations. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.


Thrives in most average, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils, but it is highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Shelter young plants (or newly transplanted ancients) from winter extremes.

We offer comprehensive care services to ensure your ancient olive tree receives the needed nutrients and remains pest free. Please ask about our maintenance programs and periodic service to ensure the long-term health of your ancient olive tree.

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