Olives In Oregon? - Knowledgebase Question

Springfield, OR
Question by hghandour
February 3, 2000
Can you grow olives in Oregon? Specifically the Springfield/Eugene area? I think we are zone #8. If you can not grow the traditional olives then can you grow any special variety?


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Answer from NGA
February 3, 2000

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Olive trees grow wonderfully well in California's mild winter climate, but would be borderline in your Oregon garden. Established trees take temperatures down to 15F and relish long, hot summers, but they will need 2-3 years of almost perfect weather to become established enough to tolerate especially cold winters. You may want to give an olive tree a try, even though it's a risk in your garden.

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