Are fruitless olive trees messy?

Asked By: Manjinder Mertens | Last Updated: 26th March, 2020
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Nothing evokes the romance of the Mediterranean like majestic olive trees. Their gray-green foliage and gnarled trunks are living sculptures in the garden. Fruitless olives do not drop the messy fruit and require less maintenance in the landscape.

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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.

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How deep are olive tree roots?

The root system development method is mainly determined by the nature of the soil. In some cases, it is reported that olive trees developed roots, which had reached 40 ft. (12 meters) in width and 20 ft. (6 meters) in depth.

How much space do olive trees need?

If you are planting a few trees in your garden, a good rule of thumb is not to plant any closer together than 12 feet, unless you are planting a compact varietal (Arbequina, Koroneiki, Maurino) or want to plant a hedge. Olive trees planted into hedges can be placed at 5-foot spacing.

Should I prune my olive tree?

You should be Pruning Olive Trees in late Spring or early Summer when the weather is milder but before flowering. As the olive tree is an evergreen plant, new growth will be produced from most of the pruning cuts. These fresh shoots will be susceptible to damage from cold weather.

What is the best fertilizer for olive trees?

Nitrogen Fertilizers
Nitrogen is the one nutrient an olive tree may be deficient in. It is needed for formation of flowers, fruit and leaves. During spring growing season, for mature trees, give each tree 2 pounds of urea or 50 pounds of compost. For young trees, give 1 ounce of urea each month and water it in well.

Where do olive trees grow best?


Olive trees need a subtropical climate and do best with mild winters and long, warm, and dry summers. They are sensitive to hard freezing environments. They will grow in climate zones 10 and 11 (see map below). Some varieties are hardy enough for zone 9 or even 8.

How quickly do olive trees grow?

Some trees produce olives after the age of 3, while others need anywhere between five and 12 years to fully mature. If you planted from seed, you most likely won't get any fruit.

How do I care for an olive tree?

Olive trees require a well-drained soil and a sunny position. Avoid sites where water stands during rainy periods or where ground water seeps into a hole two feet deep. Do not, however, confuse the olive for a desert plant. It needs regular watering to thrive.

Why are the leaves falling off my olive tree?

Water. Because they are fruit-bearing and evergreen, olive trees need plenty of water. If the trees get too much water, the leaves may yellow and drop. But if the tree gets too dry, which often happens in the winter when watering is less frequent, the leaves will dry out and drop.

How much do fruitless olive trees cost?

The 60" inch size is a mature olive tree and thus costs a lot more - expect to pay around $1,800.

How big does a fruitless olive tree get?


The fruitless olive is a distinctive evergreen that grows at a slow to medium rate to twenty-five to thirty feet tall and wide, and has an airy appearance. It is either a single- or multiple-trunk, has narrow, gray-green foliage with a light silvery-green on the undersides of the leaves.

Do olive trees drop olives?

How do you keep olive trees from dropping their olives? Also, the healthy properties of olive oil are found in green olives (unripe) which aren't ready to fall. So they use canes to brush branches of their olives which then get collected in a blanket/net under the tree.

How do you shape an olive tree?

To prune an olive tree, choose a time either in late spring or early summer and make sure your tree is at least 3-4 feet tall before pruning. Choose 3-4 strong lateral branches to form your main shape and make slanted cuts to remove branches.

What do you feed olive trees?

Although they can cope with dry periods, olives in containers need regular watering and feeding to produce fruit. During the growing season, keep the compost moist and feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser such as Phostrogen, every month. In winter, reduce watering, but don't let the compost dry out completely.

How do you harvest olives?

Steps
  1. Pick olives in the late summer or early fall. Olives are typically ripe in the late summer or early fall.
  2. Pluck the olives that you want from the olive bush or tree by hand. Look for lower hanging branches with olives on them.
  3. Hit the tree with a rod to harvest a lot of olives at once.

Are all olive trees edible?


Are olives edible off the branch? While olives are edible straight from the tree, they are intensely bitter. Olives contain oleuropein and phenolic compounds, which must be removed or, at least, reduced to make the olive palatable.

How often should olive trees be pruned?

Best Time to Prune Olive Trees
If you are wondering when to prune olive trees, it is between winter's end and flowering. You can prune olive trees in spring or in early summer once the tree begins to open its flower buds. Pruning an olive tree while it is in bloom allows you to assess the probable crop before you trim.

Can you take cuttings from olive trees?

Olive trees grow best from softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings, but they will also start from hardwood cuttings. Softwood cuttings are taken from fresh, new growth in spring or early summer before the stem has matured and formed hardened bark. Hardwood cuttings are taken from two- to three-year-old wood in winter.