Jul. 16, 2022

olive, Olea europaea

Can't say much about olives that you don't already know. You like them or you don't. Olives are now of course worldwide, like pizza and so many other contributions of Mediterranean culture. They've been planted here. So what could go wrong? Just another shrub or tree with berries. The birds will like them too! Olives are now a very serious invasive problem in southern Australia. In addition to the usual crowding of natives deal, their oily nature contributes to wildfires. California has worries about olive's potential to do the same there. Olives have become established in the wild in CA and HI. Matthaei Garden, UM, 3/6/16. Olive family, Oleaceae.