The Q&A Archives: Olives In Central Texas

Question: How well will olive trees do in central Texas? The soil is sandy 1 to 2 feet then clay, and our rainfall is pretty limited.

Answer: Olives will grow quite well in your area. They make a very attractive ornamental bush. They are susceptible to occasional cold winter weather which can kill the bush to the ground, or at least shorten its stature. This keeps them from being dependable in a tree form. Bushes growing in College Station, for example, are damaged every 4 or 5 years, but come back. If you have a protected location, they may do even better.

I would not expect them to be fruitful, however. You might see some fruit occasionally, but that would definitely be an exception.

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