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African and European Olives

African and European Olives
Invasive Plant
African and European Olives
Olea europaea ssp. europaea and cuspidata

Hardy, long-lived, evergreen, small to medium trees which produce green or black fruits. African olives produce small spherical black fruits which are only edible by birds whereas European olives produce green and black oval shaped fruits which are harvested for the production of olive oil and table fruit. Unpicked fruit can be spread by wildlife and the resulting seedlings are extremely invasive. Feral olives impact on native vegetation over large areas of Australia.



  • Unviable production trees left to grow wild produce fruit which is not managed.
  • Fruit is attractive to and spread by birds and small mammals.

If you have fruiting olive trees and are not harvesting the fruit then have them removed.

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Alternative Plants

Dwarf Photinia
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Dwarf Photinia
Photinia glabra 'Rubens'
Trees and Shrubs

A dense evergreen shrub to 5 m. New leaves are bright red, showy and mature to dark green. An ideal hedging plant that responds well to pruning. Thrives in full-sun to part-shade.

Red Flowering Eucalyptus
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Red Flowering Eucalyptus
Corymbia ficifolia
Trees and Shrubs

Formerly known as Eucalyptus ficifolia.

This flowering gum to 9 m is one of the most widely cultivated of all eucalypts both in Australia and overseas. In recent years, a number of grafted eucalypts (between Eucalyptus ficifolia and Eucalyptus ptychocarpa) have become available through nurseries. Grafted specimens to 5 m produce an abundance of decorative flowers with guaranteed colour. Ask at your local garden centre for the best cultivars for your garden.

Swan Hill Olive
Alternative Plant Swan Hill Olive
Olea europaea 'Swan Hill'
Trees and Shrubs

This fruitless olive grows to 6 m high by 6 m wide. It was discovered growing in an orchard near Swan Hill Victoria. Grows best in full-sun and freely drained soils.

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