Olive Tree Planting Information


Olive trees are prized as specimen trees for their silvery leaves and fast growth. As a crop, they are grown for the olive fruit and used in the production of olive oil.


Natives of the Mediterranean, the trees are hardy to 15 degrees. They don't fair well in humid climates and tend to blow over in high winds.


Olive trees need well-drained soil. Heavy clay soil or areas that frequently have water standing are poor areas to plant. They do well on rocky hillsides, ridges and other marginal soil areas.


These trees are reasonably drought tolerant, but they produce better fruit if kept watered around the drip-line. Heavy watering of the trunk may cause crown rot.


Fertilize before planting with well-rotted manure spread and tilled under over a larger area than just the hole. Feed with nitrogen rich fertilizer once a year, usually in mid-winter.


Plant the tree to the same depth as the tree was in the pot. Mulch lightly and water in well, then allow to drain.


Olive trees grow up to 3 feet per year in height and width. They require annual pruning and produce fruit on one year old branches.


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