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Spiny Black Olive - Terminalia molinetii (1 Gal.)

Spiny Black Olive - Terminalia molinetii (1 Gal.)

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Spiny Black Olive (Terminalia molinetii) is a slow-growing tree or ornamental shrub, it may reach 15-20 feet high (but it takes a really long time to get there).  In most landscapes it reaches about 8-10'.  It requires full sun to partial shade with little to moderate watering and produces creamy/white flowers late winter-summer.  It is drought and salt tolerant but NOT cold-hardy.  Spiny Black Olive is excellent for container planting and looks great against a wall of solid color or as an entryway accent. Native to the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Bahamas, the dwarf tree is like a natural bonsai...and in fact is often used in the art because of its striking windswept form and slow growth rate.  Sorry - no olives.  

The spines and food it provides make it a nice nesting and foraging tree for our local birds.  

Trim sparingly - it takes a long time for this tree to grow from being trimmed. It is risky  (unless you're a bonsai artist) as to which way it's going to go next with the trimming.

/AC