Things You didn’t know about Ceylon Olive

Things You didn’t know about Ceylon Olive

 Things You didn’t know about Ceylon Olive


in this article, I’m going to tell you about things you didn’t know about Ceylon Olive


  • KINGDOM: Plantae
  • PHYLUM: Magnoliophyta
  • CLASS: Magnoliopsid
  •  ORDER: Malvales
  • FAMILY: Elaeocarpaceae
  • GENUS: Elaceocarpus L.
  • SPECIES: serratus
  • S: NAME: Elaeocarpus serratus
  • VARIETIES: Elaeocarpus amoenus
    • : Elaeocarpus Montanus
    • : Elaeocarpus spheericus
  • Sri Lankan Olive is an endemic tree to Sri Lanka as well as India.
  • This tree is commonly grown well in Up-Country, Low-Country as well as in the middle zone of the country.
  • The Sri Lankan Olive is identified in many names called “Mas Veralu, Pol Veralu, Thiththa Veralu & “Gal Veralu”.
  • Except the above varieties, a foreign variety called “Nil Veralu” can be seen in botanical gardens of our country.

About Blue Ceylon Olive

  • Scientific name: Elaeocarpus angustifolius
  •  Common name: Blue Ceylon Olive/Rudraksha
  • Morphological characters :
  • It is a rain forest tree in a Elaeocarpaceae family.
  • Bearing bitter edible fruit.
  • It is a higher plant.
  • The outer cover of Blue Ceylon Olive has an attractive blue colour.


  • Religious uses
  • Seeds use to make rudraksha mala for Hinduism prayers.        
  • Wearing Rudraksha seed bracelets because there can be absorbed cosmetic energy.


  • Use as a fresh fruit.
  • Ceylon Olive fruit is rich in minerals, vitamins(C), fibre & valuable antioxidants.
  • Use as a medicinal value plant.
  • It help to control diabetic.
  • The fruits are used in the treatment of dysentery.
  • The bark of the Ceylon Olive tree is used to treat gastric disorders.
  • The Ceylon Olive leaf extracts can be utilized to produce effective ointment to treat fungal infections of the skin.
  • The leaves finely milled and the headache can be cured.
  • The piles are healed by rubbing of the leaves are grinding.


  • Sri Lankan Olive tree grows up to about 10-15m in height.
  •  The branches of it widespread about 3-5m.
  • It is medium size tree & ash mixed brown colour of the trunk.
  • There is a long seed in a Veralu fruit.
  • Well riped Veralu fruits are in sour & sweet taste.
  • The flowers are in Creamy colour.
  • Bloom in plenty of Ceylon Olive tree is November & December.
  • Well matured leaves become green to reddish colour & matured fruits become light green colour.
  • Creamy colour flowers.


  • Where space is limited gardens may be planted in plastic or cement containers.
  • cultivate in the field, 8m spacing between two seedlings & should be kept 5m spacing among two rows.
  • It is important to apply organic fertilizer once every six months for a beach plant.  


  • When the fruits become light green colour, can ba harvest then.
  • Ceylon Olive is two times of bearing per year.
  • Can be harvest in after planting of seedlings 7-8 years.
  • From the budding plants can be harvest in after planting 3-5 years.
  • We can get 60-100 kg from a young plant.
  • There is a high demand & also a considerable price in the local market



  1. There are leaf curl caterpillar damage for immature stage c of Ceylon olive.


  • Remove damaged leaves.
  • Can be use recommended pesticides.    


  • Nothing special damages for identified.


 Things You didn’t know about Ceylon Olive
  • It use to prepare Ceylon Olive Pickels
  • Can prepare Ceylon Olive juice
  • Sri Lankan Ayurveda herbal shampoo and conditioners made out of Ceylon Olive
  • It helps to maintain healthy hair while repairing damaged hair.

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