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Olive Tree funny shaped leaves

I’m wondering if anyone can help. I live in the north west of the UK, but have a very sheltered garden and have successful grown a largish olive tree in a pot. Last year I bought another but only about a metre high and shaped into a ‘ball’. Quite happy to let it be whatever it wanted I’ve left it untrimmed and over the last few months had really grown, wildly almost. But I have noticed that the new ‘branches’ are quite weak and floppy unlike the others that remain firm and the some of the leaves have jagged edges. I’ve searched the web for answers but come up with nothing. Is there anyone with any idea what might be the issue? 


  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,560
    @cherie.foster. Just bumping up your thread before it gets lost. Hopefully someone will be able to give you an answer. And welcome to the forum.  :)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,008
    Perhaps a photo of the tree would give us a bit more to go on ...

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Here’s a couple of photos, one a close up of the leaf, it seems healthy enough otherwise. 
  • I have the same issue with mine this year. Any help appreciated.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,008
    I wonder if @Nollie can help with this one? 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,316
    Hi Dove 😊

    It’s breathed a sigh of relief during the pruning break and taken the opportunity to throw out new shoots, which can be floppy. You can of course keep them small, I have two potted ones, but their secret desire is to be a big tree. I’m not sure about the funny shaped leaves, it’s possible that the developing young leaves were nibbled by insects of some sort so they’ve matured misshapen. Nothing to worry about there though, it looks healthy with no sign of disease. 
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Mine did that too.  You could let it grow au naturelle as I now do, or if that’s not your thing, trim the floppy bits back but I then found out I missed out on the flowers and subsequently the tiny olives. 
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