Dwarf Olive Tree

Dwarf Olive

$38.00 $46.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter

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  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 6" to 8" W 16" to 24" H

Enjoy a bit of the Mediterranean in your own tropical paradise! Plant this dwarf shrub in a pot on the patio or as an evergreen hedge for privacy. It's non-fruiting and can be clipped or sheared into geometric shapes. It loves full sun lending formality to the garden.

Dwarf Olive Tree

About Dwarf Olive Tree

No muss, no fuss. This dwarf olive variety is non-fruiting, but you still get the form and Mediterranean look. It makes a beautiful potted specimen on an outside patio or next to a statuesque figure in an Italian-style garden. Use it in a formal setting or arrange it in a casual grouping next to rosemary, lavender, and a citrus tree.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Easy for beginners and a great starter plant!


The olive was native to Asia Minor and spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine to the rest of the Mediterranean basin 6,000 years ago.

Fun Facts

Fossil evidence indicates the olive tree had its origins 20-40 million years ago in the Oligocene region corresponding to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean Basin.

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Dwarf Olive Care Guide

  • High

    Enjoys bright, direct sunlight.

  • Low

    Use filtered, bottled, or tap water sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough that the water discharges out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot.

  • Low

    Requires no extra humidity

  • 65 to 80

    Keep this plant in rooms where the temperature is a comfortable 65°F-80°F and avoid cold drafts below 40°F.

  • 8|9|10

    Outside: Keep it in full sun (6-8 hours) on a patio where nights are above 40°F.

  • Weekly

    Apply at half-strength a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants several times per month during the growing season between April and August. A slow release balanced fertilizer can be used as a top dressing instead of a liquid fertilizer. Avoid contact with the leaves to prevent leaf burn. Wash off the leaves if any fertilizer splashes onto them.

  • 3 Years

    When receiving the Dwarf Olive plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a pot could cause the soil to dry slower, which is not helpful.)

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a succulent or cacti indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Bi-annually

    Prune your Dwarf olive plant during dormancy in the autumn and winter to keep it compact. Prune its branches to keep it an attractive appearance. Use sterilized and sharp hand pruners to cut the stem at a 45° angle, 1/4-inch above where a leaf attaches to a limb.

  • Cuttings

    In the growing season, hydrate the plant the night before taking cuttings. Take a young stem cutting between 4-6 inches long with several sets of leaves attached. Make the cut 1/4-inch below one of the sets of leaves.

    Remove the lower leaves to expose the nodes (the spot where the leaves were attached)

    Dip the end of the cuttings in water, then in a rooting hormone.

    Use a pot with drainage. and place the stem 1-2 inches down into the damp, well-draining, moist potting soil mix amended with perlite. Tamp down around the stem securing it.

    Place a clear plastic bag over the cutting to mimic a greenhouse and mist the bag. Set it in bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting.

    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish.

    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are secure. Cut a slit in the plastic bag and continue to keep the plant's soil damp until rooting has developed. This will help acclimate the plant to normal humidity levels.

    Once the roots are secure, transplant to its new home and place it in bright, indirect sunlight and water it each week, providing it necessary temperatures and humidity.

Dwarf Olive Tree

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