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Olive family

Olive family
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Oleaceae
  Chionanthus fringe tree
  Foresteria swamp-privet
  Fraxinus ash tree
  Jasminum jasmine
  Ligustrum privet
  Olea olive
  Osmanthus devil-wood
  Syringa lilac
† Some botanists include
the Oleaceae
in the order Lamiales.

Oleaceae is the olive plant family. It includes woody shrubs, trees and vines, and is characterized by opposite leaves that may be simple or pinnately-compound. Calyx and corolla are four-lobed.

Many members of the family are economically important. The olive, Olea europaeae, is extremely important for its fruit and the oil extracted from it. The asheses, genus Fraxinus, are valued as shade trees, and Forsythia, lilac, jasmine, and fringe tree are all valued as landscaping plants.