Olive trees can produce a huge crop in late summer and autumn. The small fruits are relatively easy to pickle and can be stored for a long time.  Olive trees can grow reasonably large – reaching the height of a two-storey house. They are happiest in parts of the country where summers are long and warm and winters are cold and dry. Olives grow well in coastal locations and their foliage is tolerant of salt air. However, if you are into them its worth giving one a try wherever you are. Olives can be trimmed into attractive tidy shapes and they can be grown into a medium sized screening hedge. There are a many varieties suited to a range of climates and conditions. Olives grow very well in containers so if your soil conditions don’t totally line up then this can be a good option. Container grown olives are good for small gardens and roof gardens too.

Varieties
  • El Greco
  • Mission
  • Verdale