Olive Tree (Olea europaea)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 33 feet
Plant Spread: 16 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: edible
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Germination is irregular and can take up to 6 months
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Honey Bees in the Garden:  AprilHoney Bees in the Garden: April
April 10, 2011

April showers bring May flowers, which means plenty of food for honey bees. Gardeners will soon be busy setting out the plants they bought or grew from seeds. And now that the number of honey bees has increased, the honey supers are being filled with surplus honey.

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Comments:
Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 11:05 AM

Honey bees get pollen from this plant.

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Posted by Kelli (Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 - Zone 10a) on Aug 11, 2019 2:58 PM

Although the fruits are eaten raw, as in uncooked, they have to be processed to remove bitter compounds.

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