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Pleached Olive Trees Pleached olive trees are known for above fence screening, with the square geometric pleached crown offering year-round evergreen colour. Olive trees, Latin Name Olea Europaea, are upright evergreen trees with textured bark and naturally grey/green foliage. Pleached versions are grown in a box-shape on a bamboo frame and spread horizontally so they cover a wide space with their vigorous growth.
In late spring to summer pleached olive trees flower. Their blooms are small, four-petaled whitish flowers with yellow stamens. They grow amongst the foliage and are very attractive to pollinators. In summer olive fruits may appear. Fruiting is more likely if you live in the South or have a sheltered garden because olive trees enjoy the warmth. Throughout winter, these Pleached Olive Trees retain their foliage creating strong architectural shapes in the garden.
Height and Spread Of Pleached Olive Trees Our pleached olive trees grow on clear trunks that reach well above head height. Olive trees will grow to ten metres tall by ten wide and grow 20 cm each year. Their pleached box-shaped crowns will sit above your head leaving plenty of space and light around the trunk.
How Hardy Are Pleached Olive Trees Olea Europaea Pleached is a hardy olive tree that’s tough enough to withstand UK weather conditions. It prefers warmth and sunlight like all olives but will grow in colder parts of the UK down to sub-zero temperatures. It is drought tolerant once established.
How To Use Pleached Olive Trees Pleached Olive Trees are very popular above fence screening because they create total privacy, growing tall enough to completely block out neighbours and retaining their foliage all year round.
You may find some natural leaf shed in April but this is quickly filled in with new strong growth.
Pleached Olive Trees also make an unusual lining for formal footpaths. They keep you dry in winter and shaded during the summer.
How To Care For Pleached Olive Trees Like all olive plants, Olea Europaea Pleached ideally prefers a sunny, sheltered spot so choose a south-facing, draught and frost-pocket free space if you can. This will promote strong growth, flowers and fruits.
Once planted it’s important to water them regularly until established and trim once or twice a year to retain the pleached box form.
A good thick layer of mulch around the base during spring locks in moisture and provides nutrients for a healthy season of growth.