Olive Foliage

Common Names: Olive foliage, olive leaves, olive branches

Botanical names: Olea europaea

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 10 days plus

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Olive leaves are oblong in shape, with a pointed tip and a tapered base. The leaves have a smooth texture on the upper surface, while the underside may be slightly fuzzy or hairy. The branches grow in a twisted gnarled pattern. The leaves vary in size, from around 1 to 3 inches in length and about half as wide.

Color: The upper surface of olive leaves is a muted green color, with a silvery-gray or gray-green tint. The undersides are lighter in color, with a whitish or silver hue.

Botanical facts: Olive foliage is evergreen, retaining its leaves year-round. This characteristic is common in plants native to Mediterranean climates, where winters are mild.

Design notes: Olive foliage can add depth texture and dimension to arrangements. The natural draping quality of the branches can add interest and beautiful line to a design

Purchasing hints: Purchase undamaged stems with turgid glossy foliage. Avoid stems exhibiting leaf fall.

Conditioning: Give the woody stem end a fresh break or cut with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Olive branches and foliage have symbolic significance in various cultures and religions, representing peace, prosperity, and endurance. They are often used in ceremonies, rituals, and as decorative elements.