The olive, botanical name Olea europaea, meaning “European olive”, is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, found traditionally in the Mediterranean Basin. The species is cultivated in all the countries of the Mediterranean, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, and South Africa.
- Position: Preferably full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
- Watering: Water regularly but sparingly during the growing season.
- Hardiness: Hardy but protected from cold drying winds and hard frost (below -5°C).
- Pruning: Prune into shape in spring/summer. …
- Soil: Well-drained.