Also known as: Olive, real Olive, Mediterranean Olive
Botanical Name: Olea europaea
Origin: Southern Europe
Description: Olives are very slow growing and long-lived trees which are generally regarded as being of more economic value for the olives and the oil they produce rather than their timber. Most Olivewood logs that are felled are used in the solid, very often for small decorative work including carving, turning for bowls etc. Occasional larger logs may be sliced and the resulting veneer is often very attractive with dark brown veining quite randomly overlaying a pale creamy yellow background. It has an exceedingly close and fine texture, not unlike Boxwood, and is quite lustrous. Veneer of good quality, particularly in lengths above 2.00 metres, is not usually available in large quantities and it is therefore mainly used for special furniture and exclusive architectural interior work.