Olea Europea XL

Name: Olea Europea
Family: Oleacee
Country of origin: Mediterranean basin
Pot diameter: 20 cm
Blooming season: between May and June         

History and curiosities: symbol of spirituality, immortality and peace, the olive tree is considered the highest expression of the bound between nature and man. The Sylvestris variety is the most suitable for bonsai.

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Olive tree bonsai, from the Mediterranean a thousand year old plant of undisputed beauty

The olive tree is probably native to Asia Minor and Syria: the olive trees constitute here real forests that extend for several kilometers on the coasts. It was then distributed mainly in the Greek and Roman periods throughout the Mediterranean basin, becoming among the most common and characteristic species of the Italian territory (particularly in the South).
Longevity and resistance make it very interesting to grow as bonsai, but the characteristic with which it is mostly remembered is the beauty of the trunk, which with the growth becomes a vegetal sculpture. Precisely for this reason the most ancient specimens are proudly exhibited by the bonsaists as true works of art. This variety of XL olive bonsai is shown in all its majesty.
According to the studies carried out by botanists, it seems that the wild olive tree is the progenitor of what we now know as European Olea, which took on the appearance of a tree following human intervention through cultivation. The Olea sylvestris variety, also called "olivastro", grows as a spontaneous shrub on rocky areas and has smaller leaves and branches with some thorns. It represents a constant in the food industry for the production of oil and olives, but has a very broad spiritual meaning as it is considered a symbol of immortality and peace since antiquity. It is immediately recognizable as well as for the stem (which over the years assumes an incredible beauty with its twisted and rough surface) thanks to its lanceolate leaves of a very characteristic green.
A bonsai olive tree needs a very luminous position: it is an outdoor variety and can be safely kept in a sunny position, chervevola spring bloom, taking care to protect it from being too hot during the summer (you can make nebulisations on the foliage with a spray) and frost in winter. It requires a constantly drained and not too humid soil, with continuous but not excessive irrigation.
An olive tree bonsai should be fertilized only during the vegetative period, then March-June and August-October, once a month with specific slow-release fertilizer for bonsai. It should also be pruned after the vegetative phase and repotted every 3-4 years.

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Diametro20 cm
Periodo fiorituraMay-Jun
H202/4 Every other day
Luce2/4 Bright indoor
Curiositàsymbol of spirituality, immortality and peace, the olive tree is considered the highest expression of the bond between man and nature. The variety Sylvestris is the most suitable for bonsai.
Altezza50 cm
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