Feral olive (Olea europaea subsp. europaea)



The feral olive is readily dispersed by birds to become a major environmental weed in parts of south-east of Australia. It can dominate forest or woodland understorey.


African Olive is a well-branched evergreen shrub or tree growing 2-10 (rarely to 15) m high.

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Feral olive (Olea europaea subsp. europaea).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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Reviewed 2014