Olea Africana – Wild Olive

Blog - Olea Africana
Tree Type: Evergreen , Indigenous Common Name: Wild Olive, Olienhout Botanical Name: Olea Africana Min Height: 6m Max Height: 18m Growth Rate: Slow Frost Tolerance: Frost hardy
Drought Resistance: Drought hardy Flowers: Creamy-white, scented - Spring Fruit: Purple-black - Autumn Foliage: Grey-green to dark-green Root System: Can sometimes be aggressive Soil Type: Not restricted
Plant Shape: Dense rounded crown Wildlife Attraction:

Birds, animals and insects. The fruits are popular with people, monkeys, baboons, mongooses, bushpigs, warthogs and birds (e.g. redwinged and pied starlings, Rameron pigeons, African green pigeons, Cape parrots and louries. The fruit has an either sweet or sour taste. Browsed by game and stock.

Garden Use:

Used as a windbreak and sometimes as a clipped hedge, it is a good tree for containers, courtyards, as a shade tree, street tree and screening. It is also used for bonsai. It is also an excellent fodder tree for farmers.