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OLIVE - Olea europaea

Offer peace in your home with the olive, the Ancient Greeks' traditional symbol of harmony, wisdom and triumph. Native to the Mediterranean, the Olive tree is slow-growing, evergreen and becomes attractively gnarled with age. It features gray-green leaves and fragrant, creamy white flowers that give way to delicious green olives, ripening to black. This plant matures to a height of 4 feet.

TEMPERATURE: Provide average household temperatures. This plant can tolerate temperatures down to 40° for short periods of time.

LIGHT: Provide a sunny location such as an outdoor patio in warm weather or a southern window indoors.

WATER: Water moderately during the growing season and sparingly during the winter.

This is a specialty plant that is not often available. When it is, it is most often grown in 4" pots.