Olive (Olea europaea).
Other Names
European Olive.
Mediterranean Europe, Africa, Middle East.
Perennial (evergreen)
Hardiness (see References, below) Zones 8 - 11.
Bloom - Spring, Summer.
Fruit - Summer, Fall, Winter.
Height - up to 45 ft (15 m).
Sunny locations, average
water needs, well drained soil. Olive requires some pruning, SEE HOW
By seed, or by cuttings (take these in Summer)

Legendary tree,
- and just like Oak, and Yew, Olive is also a long lived one.

The oldest Olive is believed to be the one in Ano Vouves, Crete, Greece . Based on tree ring analysis,
the tree is likely to be between 2000, and 5000 years old.

Horace's favorite food, Olive is often mentioned in written works of ancient, particularly, Greek, and Roman authors, as well as in works such as the Bible, and Koran.

Olive's fragrant blooms are attractive, and so is the tree's silhouette.

Most tree parts are used.
Fruit's edible, and many classic Mediterranean dishes include olives as their basic ingredient.

Fruit is also a great source of oil, tasty in foods, Spartans' favorite hair, and body
grooming medium in the past, and still, a popular ingredient in many cosmetics in stores.

Bark and foliage have great application in medicinal
remedies. Attractive, hardwood timber is sometimes used to make salad bowls, and other similar objects.

Olive groves make spectacular sites to see and enjoy. Although not very frost hardy, olive trees can be grown in containers (and sheltered over Winter season) in cooler climates.

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