- Country of Origin: Italy
- Zones: 8-9
- Looks: open structure and fruiting branches which are long, slender and flexible. Frantoio generally reaches 20 feet tall.
- Personality: Fruit is medium sized (between 1.5 and 2.5 grams), extended oval shape.
- Facts of note: Preferred picking time is early, while olives are still green and purple. Rich in high quality, very fruity, notably aromatic, oil (between 17 and 22%). Low cold tolerance.
- Pollenizer: Self-fruitful, with a high, constant, productivity.
Photos by: Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery
Olive trees come potted and are self-fruitful (produce both male and female flowers on the same tree). Even if a pollenizer is not required, mixing varieties may help increase yields. See suggested trees under "Pollenizer" for each variety. Evergreen, long-lived, beautiful ornamental with soft gray-green foliage. The ideal time of year to plant olives is in early fall. Alternately early spring is another good time of year to plant olives. The slow growing trees reach about 25’–30’ in maturity.
Thrives in hot summers but will tolerate coastal regions too. Winter temperatures shouldn’t drop below 22°–25°F (green fruit will be damaged at 32°F), but average winter temperatures above 50°F will inhibit fruiting. Drought resistant trees grow in alkaline soils with little fertilization. Plan your planting location to provide good drainage.
The potted trees will be about 18"-36” tall from the bottom of the pot to the top of the tree, approximately 1/8”–1/4” diameter (measured just above the graft).