A rustic old-world species tree that can be used indoors or out. In midsummer, small creamy white blooms appear all over this ancient ornamental, contrasting beautifully with the long, leathery, gray-green foliage. In early to mid fall, small, oblong green olives that ripen to deep, rich black are ready to be picked and enjoyed as a quick and healthy snack, or chopped into salads or your favorite Mediterranean dishes. If not in a warm climate, bring this plant indoors to overwinter. Fruiting begins within one to two years of planting. Mediterranean Olive will grow larger if planted in the ground in a suitable climate. This self-pollinating tree prefers full sun. Olea europaea
Planting InstructionsPlant on the south or west side of a home or building. The warm wall will accelerate the ripening of the fruit.
Winter CareMove indoors to a frost free location if your winter temperatures go below 10 degrees F each winter.
Flower FormSmall blooms develop in the axils of the alternate leaves.
Foliage TypeLeathery, long leaves up to 3" long. Gray green above and silvery gray green beneath.
Soil RequirementWell drained in full sun.
Additional InformationMay take a year or two after planting to bear fruit.
Unique CharactersticsGurney's: Immortalized in the works of great artists for centuries, this ancient ornamental bears small, oblong green olives that ripen to deep, rich black in early to mid fall. Matures to 8-10 ft. tall if kept in a container, but may get bigger if grown in a suitable climate. Self-pollinating and prefers full sun.