Collection: Olive Tree | Olea Europea | Mature Standard and Half Standard

The olive tree, a symbol of peace and longevity, thrives in the Mediterranean. With gnarled trunks and silvery-green leaves, it produces fragrant white flowers before yielding olives. These trees can live for centuries, adapting to rocky, dry soils, and requiring minimal water. Revered in many cultures, olive trees are not only beautiful but also vital for producing olives and olive oil. On the south of England it produces olives fairly reliably.

Olive Tree: A Touch of Mediterranean in Your Backyard

As a symbol of peace, health, and vitality, Olea europaea bears a cultural significance that spans from ancient civilizations to modern times. Known for its resilience, longevity, and unique beauty, olive trees with their silvery evergreen leaves, robust and gnarled trunk, and tasty olives, can bring a touch of Mediterranean and ancient times into your garden. Planting an olive tree is not just adding another tree to your landscape, it’s creating a deeper connection with nature and history.

Olive Tree UK – Arundel Arboretum

If you are dreaming about having a taste of the Mediterranean in your garden and want to buy olive tree, Arundel Arboretum retail nursery is the right place to go! We are located in the heart of West Sussex, in the historic town of Arundel near Chichester. Our experts are eager to walk you through our impressive range of olive trees and help you find the perfect one for your space.

If you’d prefer to buy olive trees online, explore our web store and our carefully curated collection of small and large olive trees for sale. Find your ideal tree and let us handle the rest! Buying olive trees has never been easier.

Choose Your Olive Tree: Understanding Heights, Ages, and Girths

In our nursery, you can find olive trees with various features. Here's a brief overview of what's available (click the link to see the examples):

  • Different tree trunk heights before branches start forming a canopy:

Standard – single stem clear trunks of 1.8m and higher

Half-Standard – single stem clear trunks from 1.2-1.8m

  • Different age, size, and developmental stage:

Young – trees in the initial stages of growth

Mature – well-established trees growing for several years or decades

  • Different girth sizes i.e. the thickness of the trunk:

Slender – thin, narrow, young trunks

Massive – thick, imposing, mature trunks

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you grow olive trees in the UK?
    Yes, olive trees can be successfully grown in the UK. Even though it’s a classical Mediterranean plant, the olive tree is very adaptable. With the proper care and some winter protection, it can be a great addition to a UK garden.
  • Can you eat olives from olive trees?
    Olives generally cannot be eaten directly from the tree. They need to be processed to remove the bitterness and make them suitable for consumption.
  • Are olive trees evergreen?
    Yes, olive trees are evergreen. They do not shed leaves in winter but after 2-3 years, the leaves naturally turn yellow and fall off.
  • Are olive trees hard to keep alive?
    No, olive trees are not hard to keep alive. Once established, they are drought-resistant, reasonably hardy, and require very little maintenance. In the UK, they need a bit more care and some protection during the winter.
  • Where do olive trees grow best?
    Olive trees grow best in Mediterranean climates with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
  • Where should I plant my olive tree UK?
    Olive trees love full sun so choose a sunny, south-facing location with at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Olive trees are tolerant of various soil types but they prefer neutral to slightly alkaline, loamy soils. Good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot.
  • How to look after an olive tree?
    The key to successful olive tree care lies in plenty of sunlight, well-drained soil, and allowing the soil to dry before watering. Also, olive trees need protection from harsh winds and winter frost and regular pruning to remove dead branches.
  • What is the average life-span of an olive tree?
    Olive trees typically live several hundred years. The average lifespan of an olive tree is around 500 years.
  • Can an olive tree live 1000 years?
    Yes, it can. The oldest known olive tree is 1500 years old.
  • How big can an olive tree get?
    Olive trees can grow from 6 to 9 metres in height and spread.
  • How fast do olive trees grow?
    Olive trees are considered moderate to slow-growers. They can grow from 5 to 25 cm per year.
  • Do I need two olive trees?
    Many olive trees are self-pollinating and do not require a pollinator but the pollination partner can increase the quality of the harvest.
  • Are olive trees expensive?
    The cost of oil trees can differ very much depending on their age, size, and variety. In our nursery, we have a wide selection of olive trees and the prices vary from £90 to £3500.
  • Can olive trees grow indoors?
    Yes, olive trees can grow indoors but are happier outside. The most important things that will keep an indoor olive tree healthy are at least 6 hours of sunlight, fresh air, and consistent watering.
  • Is there a dwarf olive tree UK?
    The dwarf olive tree is a regular olive tree grafted on a smaller rootstock. They can be grown in small gardens or in pots and containers.
  • Can I leave my olive tree outside in winter UK?
    Yes, you can leave your olive trees outside during the winter but they need some protection.
    Mulch can be used to prevent roots from freezing and horticultural fleece to protect the plant from harsh frosts. Olive trees in pots can be moved to a more sheltered place or a greenhouse.

  • Is there an olive tree for sale near me?
    If you are googling “Is there an olive farm near me?”, your search can end here! Visit our Arundel Arboretum nursery in Arundel, Chichester, South of England, to discover top-quality olive trees from our tree farm. Or, explore our online store and find your ideal olive tree for sale there. We’ll take care of the rest. If you have any questions about the olive tree sale UK or if there's anything else we can assist you with, do not hesitate to contact us.

Where we are located


Arundel Arboretum Ltd Scotland Barn Chichester Road Arundel West Sussex BN18 0AD

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