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Olive tree disease or normal?

Hi there, 

In the last couple of months, my olive has been shedding quite a lot of yellow spotty leaves. I know yellowing of leaves is completely normal but the spots on these ones concerns me a bit, and I’m wondering if it’s a sign of disease. Any olive tree owners/fans/experts out there able to advise? 

For context, the tree is in a pot ( no other choice) in a sunny position (not that there is much sun in the UK at the moment!)

Thanks so much 


  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,302
    edited June 2021
    Normal.  Cracker little tree!!!

    Bit like hair really.  It falls out but new ones grow.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • Agree they look like old leaves. But can I still see the plastic ties that came with it from the nursery still on? A small standard wouldn't need the cane or those ties, take them off if you can...they're only there to help transit. 
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,135
    edited June 2021
    tui34 said:

    Bit like hair really.  It falls out but new ones grow.
    I can assure you that doesn't always happen 😁

    Although they are evergreen, leaves don't last forever and evergreen plants often drop some older leaves in summer.
    Lovely looking tree :)

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  • Red mapleRed maple Posts: 981
    Mine behaves in the in the same way. Yours is a lovely looking tree.
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