Feral Olive

Africa, Eurasia

General description

Evergreen tree or shrub < 15 m tall. Stems are erect and multi-branched. Leaves are opposite, narrow, dark green on top and silvery underneath. Flowers are small, white and borne in clusters in July – March. Fruit is a fleshy green drupe that ripens to black and contains one seed.

What you need to know

Although feral olive is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Open areas, riparian margins, cliffs, sand dunes, forest gaps and margins, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by birds and other animals. Vegetative spread from suckering. Human-mediated dispersal through cultivation.

Potential to outcompete native vegetation and suppress seedling recruitment. Increases fire risk.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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