Photos by Christina Cherif Pollock, Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery Inc.
Olives are self-fruitful, except where noted, but sometimes crops do not occur due to climate or biennial bearing habits. Even if a pollenizer is not required, it will help increase yields. Evergreen, long-lived (500+ years), beautiful ornamental tree with soft gray-green foliage. Slow growing to about 25-30. Drought resistant, grow in shallow, alkaline soils with little fertilization. Avoid overwatering and provide good drainage. Thrive in hot, dry summers but adequate in coastal regions. Minimum winter temperatures shouldnt drop below 22°-25°F (green fruit will be damaged at 32°F), but average winter temperatures above 50°F will inhibit fruiting. Plant in early spring to establish before winter. Trees are 18"-30 tall, less than pencil caliper (1/8). Non-taxable except where noted.