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PlantFiles: False Olive
Phillyrea angustifolia

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

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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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Negative manuwai41 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 as it grew. False olive is a nasty tree here! Nothing can grow under or near it because its roots are pervasive and difficult to cut out.


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

Greenville, South Carolina

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