Wednesday, July 7, 2010

small wild olive

Collected wild olive, Olea europea sylvatica, shohin


Anonymous said...

Hello Mr Pall,

First of all thank you for your blog. I've never heard about this olive tree variety "sylvatica". I always heard about "sylvestris" the one from Balearic Islands and Spain
¿Were was it collected?

Walter Pall said...


this was probably collected in Spain or Italy. 'Sylvestris' and 'slvatica' are synonyms. It just depends what book you have and what nation your are from. All Latin nations call the European spruce Picea excelsior, the rest calls it Picea abies. English speaking countries call the European spruce 'Norway' Spruce, which is rather funny as most grow outside Norway. The South Africans insist that their olive is called Olea africana. But most probably they all derive from an olive that was spit out by Vasco da Gama in the sixteenth century. The English insist the that Douglas fir is called 'Wellingtonia' after Wellington. They wanted to insult the Americans who had just won against them in the Independence wars and called the American tree after an English admiral. And so on. Don't take these names for too serious.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your answer Mr. Pall.
Then I think that the scientific name is Olea europaea var. sylvestris. This is the scientific name of the wild olives around Mediterranean basin.

Thank you for your blog and for your innovative view of bonsai.