Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata is a subspecies of olive that was previously described as Olea cuspidata.
Leaves opposite decussate arrangement, entire, 3 to 7 cm long, 0.8 to 2.5 cm wide, apex acute with a small hook or point, base attenuate to cuneate, margins entire and recurved, upper surface grey-green and glossy, lower surface with a dense covering of silvery, golden or brown scales; domatia absent; venation obvious on upper surface, obscure on lower surface; petiole to 10 mm long.
Fruit in panicles or racmes, 50 to 60mm long. Calyx 4-lobed, c. 1mm long. Corolla greenish white or cream; tube 1 to 2mm long; lobes c. 3mm long, reflexed at anthesis. Stamens 2, fused near the top of the corolla tube; bilobed stigma.
Fruit a drupe globose to ellipsoid, 6mm diam and 15 to 25 mm long, fleshy, glaucous to dull shine when ripe, purple-black. Flowers usually in spring.