Ancient olive trees from across europe, north africa, middle east

This page is dedicated to fellow nature lovers who take pride in the heritage of the olive tree.

Ancient olive trees from three different continents are presented below in the same spirit and for the same reasons as the rest of this website, namely to preserve the beauty of this blessed tree and to honour it for the world to admire.

If you are privy to any such olive trees, simply submit your photos and you or your company's name will be advertised accordingly.  If there is a bit of historical text you would like to have included, by all means send that along.

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sicilian trees

This first batch of pictures is submitted by Nino Centonze of Azienda Agricola Centonze. They are photographs of ancient olive trees residing in Sicily, Italy.  

Nino Centonze explains how "the rock walls you see in my olive groves are ancient Latomie “ Lithos - Tomie *(quarries from 800 BC) left by the Greeks when they established themselves here in Sicily and built Selinunte. All the stones used to build Selinunte were picked and cut in my farm. It is a unique history that serves as a testimony of how the Greeks brought the original olive trees from Persia in the middle Mediterranean when they tried to colonize this part of the world."

We thank Mr. Centonze for his photos and historical insight, as author of this sight I did not know that the Greeks imported the first olive trees from Persia.
Azienda Agricola Centonze
Azienda Agricola Centonze
Azienda Agricola Centonze
Azienda Agricola Centonze

klorane botanical foundation

In 2014 Klorane Botanical Foundation sponsored a contest where individuals from all over Greece submitted a photograph of their favourite ancient olive tree. The trees were examined and judged by the Agricultural University of Athens, spearheaded by treeologist, Professor Petros Roussos. Of the 12 finalists, below are the top 5 as judged by Olivetree123. You can view all the finalists and read more about Klorane's activities in the realm of environmental protection at:

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greek liquid gold

Here's a photo of what's claimed to be the oldest olive tree on earth, 3,000 years old! It is found in Vouves, Crete and is a symbol of pride in the community. Enjoy the varying angles this monumental olive tree has been photographed by Lisa Radinovsky, founder of Greek Liquid Gold  - a website that seeks to inform consumers, cooks, tourists, buyers, and importers worldwide about the quality and health benefits of Greek extra virgin olive oil.
Notice the Olympic Games emblem in the photo below?
There is a ton of olive tree and olive oil related resource material available in the following site:


Among a plethora of other items, the above noted website features original recipes from Greece as well as links to a variety of other recipes using olive oil and hints about cooking and baking with it. It includes a description of an olive oil tasting class, photo essays featuring Cretan olive groves. Anyone who is fascinated by olive trees and olive oil should not miss this invaluable source of go-to information!

Metal olive tree

Steve Noble is an artist who works with natural objects and transforms them through a sculptural process using applied metals. "The application of metal simultaneously reveals and masks the textural qualities of the host object," claims Steve, in this case pictured below a baronial olive tree.
As Steve Noble states, "this process paradoxically allows the audience to see the original object more clearly through the metallic surface."

We're certain that the ancients would have highly prized and valued Steve's work, alongside famous marble sculptures, his art would surely have found a perfect home.

You can see more of Steve Noble's impressive and unique artwork at:

Crete island of olive trees

The Greek island of Crete is home to olive trees dating thousands of years old.  Reporters from the on-line journal CandiaNews traveled to Crete to research and photograph some of these special trees, many of which now enjoy a natural heritage conservation status.


​In this first photo, the following gargantuan olive tree is centuries old and has been producing a massive amount of olive oil throughout the years. A local log book records that, at its peak, this one tree produced 18 twelve kilo vase containers, meaning about 220 kilos of olive oil! That's the equivalent of what a small orchard of today's medium sized trees produces. The amazing olive tree is still yielding oil, currently producing 80-100 kilos a year.

The next shot features a tree whose height is 8 metres tall, middle diameter of 4.35m, perimeter of 12.32m, while its base has a diameter of 7.10m!

The next photo below is of an olive tree whose branches were used to make the wreath for the first marathon winner of the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens.

The cave inside the trunk of this next tree was used to hide arms during the Greek War of Independence in 1821. It would also shelter 4 to 5 men who hid there as snipers.

​​The olive tree below pictured with a stone residing inside of it is said to have existed since the Roman Empire era


It looks as though there are four trees in the following picture but in fact it is one giant base of an olive tree. It is unknow when in history one of the four trunks was cut down and for what purpose.

* All the photographs in the section above are courtesy of CandiaNews Publication.         Copyright 2015 All Rights Reserved

Kiklades - Syros island
"Possibly over 400 years based on trunk periphery and xerophytic conditions for growth" says Panos Nikoletopoulos who sent this photo to Olivetree123.

Southern laconia
According to John Maroulis, "This is one of the biggest and sculptural trees on the Peloponnesus​." 

"I felt this one had a lion aspect to it" says John.

"This tree is found in the village after Agios Andreas in Kynouria, a town called Korakovouni. The tree has been replanted behind the church. It had been stolen and they caught them redhanded with the tree on a truck!! They say 2000 years, and it probably is true." -John Maroulis​​