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Dumfries and Galloway
StuartBowe
May 20, 2018 8:23 AM CST
I have a 15 year old olive tree and it looses leaves at the back end and it doesn't get new foliage until about June. At the moment it looks in bad shape and some of the main trunk and branches has splits. Is it too dry or too wet?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 20, 2018 2:21 PM CST
Welcome!

I don't know the original cause of your olive tree problems but it doesn't look good. It looks like the tree has developed a disease or is infested with insects. In photo #1, the branch in the back right, is that a shadow? Or a split? Is the tree leaking sap?
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Dumfries and Galloway
StuartBowe
May 21, 2018 1:12 AM CST
Thanks Daisy, no sap is leaking. Last year looked similar but it needed loads of water. not sure whether to feed it?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 21, 2018 11:20 AM CST
No, don't feed it. Fertilizer is a reward for healthy plants.

Although Olive trees are from arid regions, they do require regular water but also fast draining soil that doesn't hold moisture against the roots. It could be that your tree is slowly dying of root rot. That is a problem that is not fixable and takes 15 or 20 years for the affected tree to die. Crying Sorry!

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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