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The exquisite Shady Lady black olive tree, with its lush layers of tiny leaves on zigzagged stems, is one of the most beautiful South Florida trees. It’s covered with tiny yellow-beige flowers in spring, giving the tree the look of a pale brown sugar frosting.

Shady Lady black olive trees are planted along downtown Sarasota’s main street and St. Armands Circle.

These aren’t huge trees so they work very well in a medium size yard. In a large yard the “ladies” look lovely planted in a row. And this tree’s salt tolerance makes it an ideal shade tree for coastal properties. If your yard is too small for a Shady Lady tree, you might like the dwarf black olive, a small accent tree like a miniature, young Shady Lady.

Source: South Florida Plant Guide

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