Phillyrea, a short olive-like tree for hardy climates

Phillyrea shrub with fruits on it

Phillyrea facts, a short list

Name – Phillyrea
Family – Oleaceae
Type – shrub

 – 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters)
Exposure – full sun to shade
Soil – ordinary

 – evergreen
Flowering – April to June

Planting phillyrea

In fall or spring for potted shrubs.
Only in fall for plants purchased with their roots bare.
Follow our advice on planting shrubs

Pruning phillyrea

Follow our advice on pruning shrubs.

Comments about Phillyrea

An extremely hardy plant, Phillyrea can cope with all kinds of soil, emplacements and weather patterns.

This is the ideal “fill-the-spot” shrub that requires practically no care at all. For those who miss growing an olive tree because their weather is too cold, this is the perfect look-alike!

You can set it up as a standalone, merge it into a shrub bed or create hedges with it, since it is so easy to prune.

Smart tip about Phillyrea

Since blooming happens in spring, the last thing you want to do is to prune at the end of winter.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Dried olive-like fruits by Denis Bastianelli under © CC BY 4.0