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Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phillyrea (fil-LY-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)




8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Greenville, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 23, 2014, manuwai41 from Kamuela, HI wrote:

False olive in Hawaii is classified as a noxious invasive species. It grows very thick and fast, crowds out all other vegetation and spreads widely from wind, birds other animals. I just cut one down that is over a hundred yards from the hedge that my neighbor put up - the first false olive on my property (on the access road between us). The tree I cut was about 40 feet tall and wide and hosted a number of noxious coqui frogs. It was a little over a foot thick and very hard wood. My property now has 15 false olives, all from the neighbor's desire for privacy. Because it grows tall here - way over the 10 feet or so advertised - only the top 5-7 feet have thick enough leaves - no privacy for the first 8-10 feet. It also grew over and into my fence posts, wrapping the hogwire around its trunk... read more