Olea europaea. A gnarled olive tree. A clambering grape vine. Caper bushes spilling down the hill. An olive tree, just one, evokes memorable landscapes from Andalusia eastward to the Levant.
We are pleased to offer exceptional new varieties, including the renowned Bella Di Cerignola, Cailletier and Luques.
Full sun and good drainage required. Expect harvestable crops in about three years. The first fruits are almost all pit and no meat and it's best to remove them, although few people can bring themselves to do it. You must process olives within a few days of harvesting, whether for oil or table, or they'll start to decompose and the end result will be inferior. Never use olives that have fallen off the tree when curing or pressing.
Olive trees bear their fruit on one year old shoots. To promote this growth, prune your trees in spring. You can pinch the branches of new trees or prune back branches of established trees. Olive trees won't bear fruit twice on the same wood, so remove bearing shoots from the previous year each spring.
If you want to enhance growth, be sure to fertilize well. Seaweed not only provides boron, which olives need, but it also helps trees survive cold weather. Well-aged manure, dolomitic lime and greensand provide an excellent top layer food source that will slowly and safely release nutrients to the trees.
In colder climates, grow olive trees in a pot that can be brought into a sun porch during the winter. Olive trees need at least 100 hours of temperatures below 50 degrees in the winter, so keep this requirement in mind when considering growing olive trees indoors. Zones 9-10 outdoors, where trees grow to about 20-25 feet. Please read varietal descriptions for pollenizer requirements, although many olives will bear a crop without pollenizers. Fruit and new growth injured at 26 degrees, tree injured at 16 degrees.
A note on the olive fruit fly: it has become established throughout California olive growing regions. You can control it organically by using Spinosad, but diligence is required.
A second note: olives prefer dry conditions and are prone to fungal disease in areas of high humidity, such as many areas of the Southeast. Thomas Jefferson, a great gardener, had his heart broken over his olive trees' intransigent refusal to produce a harvestable crop at Monticello.
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|Arbequina Olive Tree 4" x 9" pot|
These Arbequina trees are about 3' tall with branching and fruiting as of October 2015. Self-fertile, just like the larger Arbequinas. Young olive trees grow quickly their first few seasons, and then decelerate to their typical slow growth rate. Grown in 4" x 9" containers. Non-organic.
|Arbequina Olive Tree 1 Gal|
Arbequina olive trees hail from Catalonia, not Tuscany, but they share the same excellent rustic qualities of those varieties, including high adaptability to different climates and soils. Used for both oil and table olives, the fruit is small and rounded. Crop matures into black olives over a few weeks, so you have time to pick them. Tree is weeping, fairly compact and shorter than other varieties, and self-fertile. 3' tall, a few branches as of July 2016. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
|Coratina Olive Tree 4" x 9" pot|
Trees about 3' tall,branching developing as of February 2015. See pollenization details below. Grown in 4" x 9" pots. Non-organic.
|Coratina Olive Tree 1 Gal|
A very adaptable olive tree from Puglia, the oil has a strong peppery flavor from its high polyphenol levels. Coratina olive trees grow faster and more erect than others, with gray-green leaves. Excellent choice for hot climates. Compatible olive tree pollenizers include Frantoio and Leccino. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
|Nocellara del Belice 2 Gal|
Olives from this Sicilian cultivar are known as Castelvetrano in the U.S. If you haven't experienced biting into one, it's time to seek out these flavor bombs. The drupes are huge, up to a quarter ounce, and the brightest green after brining. With a small pit and a buttery, perfumed flesh, this olive is incomparable. If you're in the Bay Area, go to Berkeley Bowl for your Castelvetrano fix. The oil is likewise remarkable, with a light body and a rosy fragrance. The Nocellara del Belice tree has a wide crown, medium height to about 20' and produces heavily. Disease resistant, especially when grown in fertile soils with adequate moisture. Will have higher yields with a pollenizer such as Pendolino. Grown in 2 gal containers, trees as of October 2015 are about 5' tall, narrow caliper trunk. OUT OF STOCK UNTIL LATE 2016.
|Picual Olive Tree 2 Gal|
The older version of the Picual above, this Picual is grown in a 2 gallon container and beginning to develop its expansive crown, open formal growth and green coloration. As of June 2016 trees are larger than photo, about 5' tall, have finished flowering.
|Koroneiki Olive Tree 4" x 9" pot|
Koroneiki trees have dominated Greek olive groves since Homer wrote The Odyssey and no doubt dipped bread into the peppery oil we still enjoy thousands of years later. Koroneiki olives are smaller than other varieties, matching the compact growth pattern of the tree. Small, thick leaves. Oil has very high oleic acid content. One of the more tender varieties. Self-fertile. As of July 2016 trees are about 3' tall, flowers developing into olives. Grown in 4" x 9" containers.
|Leccino Olive Tree|
Oil from the Leccino olive tree is more delicate than the Frantoio, and the small to medium fruit is also used for table olives. The olives ripen into black ovals practically all at once, so be prepared. The Leccino olive tree is a vigorous grower, with gray leaves and a graceful airy habit. Compatible olive tree pollenizers include Pendolino, Maurino, Picholine and Frantoio. As of July 2016, trees are 2.5' tall, nicely branched. Grown in 1 gal pots.
|Bella di Cerignola Olive Tree 2 Gal|
Bella Di Cerignola may offer the most beautiful and delicious olives of any tree. It ripens early and is generally brined soon after turning a celadon green. Drupes are huge, nearly a half ounce of crisp, buttery meat. Hailing from Puglia, this tree has a spreading canopy with gracefully weeping branches. Appreciates being well-fed and watered. Will produce greater harvest with pollenizers including Coratina, Pendolino or Leccino. Grown in 2 gal pots, trees are small as seen in photo as of July 2016. ONE PER CUSTOMER, PLEASE.
|Frantoio Olive Tree 4" x 6" pot|
The primary varietal used in Tuscan oil production, the Frantoio olive tree is useful to the home gardener as well. This olive tree is self-fertile, meaning it doesn't require another variety to set fruit, but is also an excellent pollenizer to other olive trees. The Frantoio olive tree grows in semi-pendulous fashion, with dark green-gray leaves. The fruit also makes a good table olive after curing, with a slightly nutty flavor to the medium-sized fruit. As of March 2016 trees are small, about 1/4" caliper, 18" tall in 4" x 6" pots.
|Ascolano Olive Tree 4" x 6" pot|
A vigorous and upright grower with slightly twisted and substantive green leaves, Ascolano is prized for the huge size and delicate taste of its olives. Since you can't get something for nothing, the downside is that Ascolano olives bruise easily and then you can't cure them. So harvest carefully. Fruit set is also fairly low. Doesn't turn black when ripe. Also used to produce a light and delicate oil. Ascolano is the most cold hardy of the Tuscan cultivars. Partially self-fertile, but you'll get more drupes using pollenizers Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino or Manzanillo. Trees are narrow caliper, about 14" tall as of March 2016. Grown in 4" x 6" pots.
|Cailletier Olive Tree 4" x 6" Pot|
Known in cooking circles as Nicoise, Cailletier olives pack a lot of nutty, intense flavor in a small package. Cured black. Main cultivar around Nice, France. Tree is vigorous, large and eventually pendulous. Generally self-fertile. Watch out for olive fruit fly on this one. Grown in 4" x 6" pots.
|Lucques Olive Tree 4" x 6" pot|
An easy grower with an upright habit and high productivity of delicious olives picked green for curing. Ripens late. The primary French cultivar and for good reason. Self-fertile. Grown in 4" x 6" pots.
|Picholine Olive Tree 4" x 6" pot|
Grown primarily in the Languedoc region of France, the Picholine olive is the go to olive for martinis due to its nutty flavor and meaty texture. An esteemed table olive, cured when green. Late harvest, so difficult to bring in a crop in areas with early frost. The tree has a short, upright and wide growth pattern, with pale green leaves. Partially self-fertile, but a better harvest if planted with Leccino. New crop of trees as of October 2015, established rootball, slender main branch, no lateral branching yet.
|Manzanillo Olive Tree 4" x 6" pot|
Manzanillo olive trees provide one of the earliest harvests of any variety, usually in September. And oh what great table olives they are. Apple shaped drupes release the pits easily and the flesh to pit ratio is high, making for superb eating. Self-fertile, although you'll get more fruit with Picual as a pollenizer. Trees as of June 2015 are 2-3' tall, narrow caliper, no branching. Grown in 4" x 6" pots.
|Pendolino 4" x 9" Pot|
These Pendolino trees are very robust as of February 2015, over 3.5' tall with a hefty trunk and well-developed branching. Pendolino trees would be beautiful on any summer terrace in a terra cotta pot with silver dichondra tumbling over the edge. Read a full description of this variety below. Grown in 4" x 9" pots. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
|Pendolino Olive Tree 1 Gal|
This weeping olive tree is slow growing but well worth the wait. In fact, to see this olive tree in the gloaming, its narrow leaves backlit like slivers of a silver sun, is a heart-pounding experience. Pendolino olive trees are partially self-fertile, but you need pollenizers if you want a large fruit crop. Compatible olive tree pollenizers include Leccino and Maurino. Pendolino olive trees are used extensively as pollenizers in large olive tree groves. The fruit makes small but delicious green and black table olives as well. Trees as of February 2015 are smaller than photo. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.