Are fruitless olive trees messy?
Consequently, how messy are olive trees?
The Mess. Like most ornamental growers, you likely will not take the time to harvest and pickle your olives -- the only way to make them edible. This leaves a nasty mess to deal with when hundreds or thousands of olives drop off the tree to rot on the ground.
Also, how do you prune a fruitless olive tree? Look down near the base of the fruitless olive tree trunk and follow it upward to locate any suckers. Suckers are small twigs that will eventually turn into branches. Cut each sucker off 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the trunk using hand pruners.
Considering this, how can you tell if an olive tree is fruitless?
Fruitless olive trees will bloom in spring with clusters of yellowish-white, tubular flowers. The flowers are sterile, so few if any fruits are produced, but some small, probably non-viable, olives may develop from time to time. However, they are minimal and you will not notice them when they have fallen from the tree.
Do fruitless olive trees lose their leaves?
Fruitless olive trees can bear some fruit, but Majestic Beauty is the most barren of all the fruitless varieties. You can expect some leaf drop during the summer months when older leaves are replaced by new ones, and except for an occasional dropping fruit, a Majestic Beauty will be reasonably litter-free.