OLIVE

olivo

> BOTANICAL NAMES
Olea europaea. It belongs to the family of Oleaceae.

TRADE MANES
Olivier – France 
Olive – Great Britain
Olivo, ulivo – Italy

> GROWTH AREA 
This tree grows all over European countries, but also in African and Asiatic areas that face the Mediterranean Sea and it is mainly use as a fruit tree.

> TECNOLOGICAL FEATURES 
The sapwood and the heartwood are clearly distinguished. The colour of the sapwood, which could be of several widths, is light brown with a tendency to darken over time. The heartwood is white yellowish with marked dark and irregular streaks. This wood is characterised by a very fine texture and its fibre is irregular with an interlocking grain.

> DRYING METHOD 
It is recommended to proceed with a slow and careful drying to avoid splitting.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on the open air, it presents a medium specific weight of 950 Kg/m3.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
Its wood is not easily worked due to its hardness and to the interlocking grain of its fibre. It is good for polishing and finishing, and the result is a smooth and glossy surface. Joints with nails and screws are efficacious, but difficult to realised. It is required a predrilled. Thanks to its typical decorative appearance, it is used to create several handicrafts and rustic items, also shapely, planks for floors, panels and furniture.