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A short, squat evergreen tree that can grow to 8-15 meters tall. Usually kept at about 4-6 meters high.


Very knarled trunk with rough bark.

Flower. The small white flowers, with ten-cleft calyx and corolla, two stamens and bifid stigma, are borne generally on the last year's wood, in racemes springing from the axils of the leaves. [Wikipedia]

Leaves. Oblong, 4-10 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, silvery-green.

Fruit. Olive. Used as a food directly (green olives, black olives) and in many Mediterranean recipes. Used for the oil. [See Olives and Olive Oil of Provence] Harvested at the green stage or left to ripen to a rich purple colour (black olive). Canned black olives may contain chemicals that turn them black artificially.