Common Olive Tree (Olea europaea)
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- Botanical Name: Olea europaea
Common Name(s): Common Olive Tree
- Description: Common Olive is bathed in stunning panicles of fragrant white flowers along the branches from late spring to early summer. The fruits are showy black drupes carried in abundance from mid-summer to early fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways and may require occasional clean-up. It has dark green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy narrow leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities.