Frost-, drought- and wind-resistant, the wild olive has beautiful wood for furniture, and is regarded as a small-fruited subspecies of the commercial olive. It is a neatly shaped evergreen tree with a dense spreading crown of glossy grey-green to dark-green foliage. Leaves are grey-green to dark-green above and greyish below. The rough, grey bark sometimes peels off in strips. Sprays of tiny, lightly scented white to greenish flowers and are followed by small, spherical, thinly fleshy fruits which ripen purple-black. It occurs in very dry areas, and tolerates temperatures ranging from about – 5°C to 40°C.