Olive tree growing tree of the genus Olea, Olive tree perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant for the trunk, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical and temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 8-11.
Leaves small oval green silvery,
Flower color yellow, the flowers of Olive grows in clusters.
Olive tree frutis
Fruit when it ripen is black-purple but can be picked when it’s green or black, Fruits can be eaten directly from the tree but they are bitter, better to consume the olives after process to be pickle or oil.
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Requirements for Olive tree growing and care:
More than -8 c
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Some trees bearing fruits every second year
Spring, summer, autumn (winter can be in hardiness zone 11)
Pests and diseases:
Ants, aphids, Spilocaea oleaginea, Tetranychus urticae, Verticillium Wilt
How to prune:
Possible once in a few years to leave just the main branches
Size of the plant:
5-15 m, 15-45 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:
General information about the flower
Small yellow-green flowers
Thinning the bloom:
2 first years recommend to thinning
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Autumn, very rare in the winter
Fruits pests or diseases:
Aphids, Spilocaea oleaginea, olive fruit fly
What can be done with big quantities of Olive fruit?
Oil, pickle, cooked
Work requirements on the fruit:
Cover with net or fruit fly traps
How long does it take to bear fruit?
Ripening of fruit
Can pick the fruits before fully ripening
Souri – small amount of moist, slow growing tree, the fruit little bit bitter and spicy
Picual – purple with white dot, shape oval in the middle rounder, usually used for oil