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Olea europaea ‘Little Ollie’

Dwarf olive

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyOleaceaeTemperate climate shrubs, trees and a few vines, include forsythia, ash, jasmine, privet, olive, lilac, and many others
GenusOleaA Latin name for the important fruit tree, the olive, known from antiquity as a symbol of peace and good will
SpecieseuropaeaFrom Europe
Cultivar‘Little Ollie’

About plant names...

'Little Ollie' is a dwarf, non-fruiting olive tree cultivated for use as a hedge or for bonsai. The wild plant from which it comes, Olea europaea, is common olive or European olive, and is native to the Mediterranean region. It is not found in the wild.

Identification: These evergreens reach 4-8′ (1.2-2.4 m). Leaves are dark green, oval, with pointed ends. It has multiple stems and is a slow growing plant.

Online References:



Chris A. Martin's site at Arizona State University


Olea europaea ‘Little Ollie’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Olea europaea (dwarf olive)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia · ≈ 3 × 4½′ (94 × 141 cm)

Range: Zones 10-11:

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