The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

When and how to prune an Olive Tree?

United Kingdom Gb

I planted an olive tree in my front south facing garden about 3 years ago. It has grown vigourously and now resembles an unkempt bush rather than a tree. I understand that it is meant to be half hardy and I am concerned about how and when I should prune. I'd be grateful for any tips.

On plant Olea europaea



hi homemaker
just cut off the bottom side shoots. decide which stem is the strongest. then remove all the others. it sounds a bit drastic but when you've finished it should have changed from a bush to a little tree. i always trim the growing tips to get a more formal shape but it depends on how you want it to look.

28 Sep, 2008

How do I say thanks?

Answer question

Related photos

  • Olive enjoying the warm sunshine.... (Olea europaea (Aceituna))
  • A few olives.......... (Olea europaea)
  • Olive Tree. (Olea europaea)
  • Baby Olive Tree (Olea europaea (Aceituna))

Related products


Related questions

Not found an answer?