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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Common names
  • Olive Tree
  • Common Olive
  • Olive

Photo Gallery
Location: CA
Date: 5/3/2020
Huge olive tree
Location: Sardinia, Italy
Date: 2017-09-12
Location: California
Date: 6/23/2020
Καιρος (time)
Location: CA
Date: 5/3/2020
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2018-05-21
I hope so much bloom means a good olive harvest!
Location: Crete - Rethymno
Date: 2022-05-29

Date: 2016-11-10
Scottsdale, Arizona my yard
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2015-11-16
ripening olives
Location: Sardinia, Italy
Date: 2017-09-11
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona my yard
Date: 2016-11-10
Location: Barcelona, Spain |April, 2023 (uploaded. This image is much older)
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Monte Palace - Funchal - Madeira
Date: 2023-04-14
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2018-07-13
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2018-07-13
leaves and developing fruit
Location: Outskirs of Barcelona
Date: 2019-04-25
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Crete - Rethymno
Date: 2022-05-29
Strangely deformed
Location: Botanical garden of Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Cyprus
Date: 2019-11-13
800 years old
Location: Barcelona, Spain |April, 2023 (uploaded. This image is much older)
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-02
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Monte Palace - Funchal - Madeira
Date: 2023-04-14
Over 2000 years old; planted around 300 BC!
Location: Monte Palace - Funchal - Madeira
Date: 2023-04-14
Over 2000 years old; planted around 300 BC! Some epiphytes growin
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Cyprus
Date: 2007-11-07
Location: Crete - Rethymno
Date: 2022-05-29
Location: Although the book is called 'The North American Sylva', some non-native trees are included
Date: c. 1865
illustration by Bessa from Michaux's 'The North American Sylva',
Location: Tossa de Mar, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Ljubak coast, Croatia
Date: 2017-05-17
Location: Ljubak coast, Croatia
Date: 2017-05-25
Location: Ljubak coast, Croatia
Date: 2017-05-25
Location: Cyprus. Troodos Mountain.
Date: 2019-11-13
Location: Tossa de Mar, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04

Photo courtesy of:Alexander Bergmann
Photo by didacus

Date: 2017-01-17
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: At a nursery, Belgium
Date: 2015-08-18
Location: Cyprus. Troodos Mountain.
Date: 2019-11-13
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Comments:
  • 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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