Olea europaea 'Picholine'

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Olive 'Picholine' is a long lived and slow growing evergreen tree that has attractive silver-grey foliage and a gnarled grey trunk with age. Small white flowers are on show during spring followed by green fruit which ripens to black in autumn. ‘Picholine’ is a French olive best known as a cocktail olive, though it is also used to make olive oil.


Olives require a full sun position and are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions including poor and rocky soils. Whilst drought tolerant, to ensure maximum fruit yield it is important to water well during flower and fruit production especially if growing in containers. Fertilise in autumn and spring. Early start to bearing with high yields and ripens mid-season. Originating from France, this variety produces green olives that are crisp and crunchy, with a nutty flavour. Ripens mid/late season. Cold tolerant.

Landscape Uses

A symbol of peace and happiness the olive tree has been grown for centuries for its fruit, oil and timber. Olives are a perfect choice for Mediterranean, Coastal and low water gardens. They are suitable for windbreaks, screens, topiary or as a specimen tree. Pair with other plants from our Aussie Mediterranean range such as Laurus ‘Flavour Master’ and Westringia ‘Jervis Gem’.


Can be kept to 3.0m high x 2.0m wide or left to grow to 10.0m high x 4.0m wide