Olea europaea ssp. africana
Also known as
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Harvest the seeds when ripe.
Wild Olive Overview
Neatly shaped evergreen tree with glossy grey-green to dark-green leaves, small round fruit that ripen purple-black and are enjoyed by birds. The rough, grey bark sometimes peels off in strips. Sprays of tiny, lightly scented white to greenish flowers bloom from October to February and are followed (March to July) by small, spherical, thinly fleshy fruits with either sweet or sour taste.
Common problems with Wild Olive
Wild Olive Companion Plants
Under-plant with dry shade loving plants.
How to propagate Wild Olive
Sow seed in Winter; germination time is 8-12 days. Seeds are germinated easily in river sand mixture.
Special features of Wild Olive
Birds feed on the ripe fruits.
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Once established the tree can go for extended periods without water.
Treasured as bonsai too.
Often grows on river edges in nature.
Other uses of Wild Olive
Some trees have better berries than others. Tea can be made from the leaves.
Often planted as a street tree, a garden specimen or grown as a Bonsai.
The wood can be used for timber.