Tree of the Month – Olive Tree

The Olive Tree – Iż-Żebbuġa

Olive trees are evergreen trees found in most Mediterranean countries. A very long time ago the olive trees grew all over Malta and the olives and olive oil acquired from them, used to be exported to other countries. Evidence of this are places in Malta like Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Għajn Żejtuna, Birżebbuġa and Iż-Żejtun, which got their name from this particular tree, because it used to grow abundantly in that area, as well as the many huge stone presses found in various places mostly with a connection to the Roman period. The olive tree is very strong and can live for up to 500 years. Its leaves are dark green on top and greyish underneath and are usually replaced every three years, falling mostly in spring.

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