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Can I Grow an Olive Tree in Pennsylvania?

By Amanda Williams ; Updated July 21, 2017
Olive trees need to grow in a specific climate to thrive.
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Olives were first grown in the Mediterranean around 2,500 B.C., according to the California Rare Fruit Growers Inc. Today, olive trees are grown where the climate is most favorable. Olive trees need the proper climate to produce fruit, as too low of a temperature will damage or kill them.


California and Arizona are the leading olive producers in the U.S. because of their warm growing seasons. Olive trees can't grow in climates where temperatures frequently dip to around and below 15 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods of time, such as Pennsylvania during the winter.


Although olive trees cannot grow if temperatures are unfavorable, they require a cool-down period of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit that enables them to prepare for flowering in the spring.


In Pennsylvania, olive trees can be grown in greenhouses, where climates can be controlled during the cold, winter months.


About the Author


Amanda Williams has been writing since 2009 on various writing websites and blogging since 2003. She enjoys writing about health, medicine, education and home and garden topics. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at East Stroudsburg University in May 2013. Williams is also a certified emergency medical technician.