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Over a number of years we have planted a series of Olea europaea 'Piccolo' in really tough conditions - drought, frost, poor soil, no irrigation. With a little trimming they look stunning. Olives are known for their ability to survive low water conditions. They have deep roots that penetrate even our reactive clay soils. We are really impressed with this plant as we have had no need to provide any additional water. 'Piccolo' produces no fruit but does provide beauty with silver lanceolate leaves and extreme durability. Although they can grow to 2m, we keep ours to 1m in almost spherical mounds. They would also make a wonderful low hedge.