General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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

Common names
  • Olive Tree
  • Common Olive
  • Olive

  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 11:05 AM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get pollen from this plant.
  • Posted by Kelli (Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 - Zone 10a) on Aug 11, 2019 2:58 PM concerning plant:
    Although the fruits are eaten raw, as in uncooked, they have to be processed to remove bitter compounds.
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DesertJungleFarm On March 25, 2021 Obtained plant
1st Olive tree planted east to water tank
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