olive tree

Russian Olive, a nice shrub

Russian olive is a beautiful shrub. Its name comes from its native region – Southern Russia – and the resemblance to the olive tree around the Mediterranean.
Leaves and flower of the Russian olive tree

Olive trees, even in the North!

Olive trees in the North? Yes, you can do it! A single thing matters: take great care of the special needs of this exceptional tree.
Close-up of an olive tree branch covered in heavy snow.

‘Picholine’ olives, a taste of Provence

Picholine olive is a special variety native to southern France. Consumers are often unaware of the fact: olive oil from Nîmes was awarded in 2004 the title of “controlled designation of origin“: Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in French.
Plump Picholine olives on the branch.

Winterizing your olive trees

It might come as a surprise, but what is most fatal to olive trees in winter isn’t the cold – it’s moisture. If the cold sets in gradually and the air is dry, olive trees are hardy down to 10 to 17°F (-8 to -12°C) and have been known to survive temperatures as low as […]
An olive tree in winter with snow.

Mediterranean garden planting ideas

Here is a typical Mediterranean garden for show, presented at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. English natives adore French Provence and this garden drew quite a crowd.
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