Olive standards make a stunning feature tree and are good in acid or alkaline soils. Being Mediterranean plants, they are a bit sensitive to very cold weather but with a bit of care, they make a fantastic long term addition to the garden. Many Olive trees are grown in containers which is sensible because they can be moved in winter into a more sheltered situation. Generally we recommend positioning your Olive tree towards the south or west, not in a position where it will get harsh north or east winds. The roots don't appreciate being waterlogged so make sure the soil is sufficiently well draining. A good tip if you are planning to keep an Olive tree in a container is to line the inside of the container with bubble wrap which will protect the roots from the worst of winter weather. Don't worry too much about the hardiness of Olives - generally they are absolutely fine in the south and west of the UK, protected coastal areas and urban areas where temperatures tend to stay higher in winter.
You can easily prune these plants to maintain a good shape. We suggest a light prune in mid spring and a heavier prune in mid summer but they do like to have warm days after pruning during the recovery time so pick your pruning days carefully.
These small trees are generally planted out into containers for outside front doors or patio doors (matching pairs look great but one on its own is good too).
These are amongst our most popular gift trees and like all our trees, can be gift wrapped and delivered on your chosen date.
AKA Olive tree, Olive topiary