Arbequina Olive Tree
Arbequina Olive Tree
Arbequina Olive is a resilient tree, resilient against pests & nearly immune to all disease. This Spanish olive has intense, excellent flavor. Brine cured for table eating or pressed for making excellent homemade olive oil. Trees are self-fertile and highly productive. Olive trees fruit reliably in the Southeast. Grey-green evergreen foliage of the tree offers any landscape a distinct beauty.
Grown Naturally without the use of inorganic or synthetic chemicals or soil amendments. We hand pick for each order out of our stock of premium quality plants that are grown & raised at A Natural Farm in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
Our Olive trees are grown from cuttings, ensuring that fruiting is reliable and produces years before trees started from seed.
Olea Europaea ‘Arbequina’; OLIVE
### ABUNDANT HARVESTS, ANTIOXIDANT RICH, TABLE & OIL OLIVE
For sale is a live plant established in a pot with leaves.
Our Naturally Grown Olive trees are 1-2 years old (1’-2’ tall) and grown from cuttings from reliable stock.
Olive plants are staked in a 5” pot with soil, sealed in a plastic wrapping to retain moisture during shipment. When you receive this plant, simply remove the plastic and check moisture in the soil. Water the plant once per day while in their container. Plants have also been fertilized for the season.
Olive trees are one of the hardiest adaptable plants to add to our edible & ornamental landscape designs. Originating in a Mediterranean climate, the olive plant is assimilated to hot & dry summers with wet winters. They don’t complain when there is plenty of summer rains though, thriving in various climates in zones 7-9. With up to 20lbs of fruit per tree - even in these conditions - we claim the Olive to be an incredibly resilient crop!
Arbequina Olives are highly aromatic, small, dark brown and very flavorful. While used as a table olive, the fruit’s high oil content make them ideal for oil production. Pickling in a brine is best practice with an abundant harvest of home grown olives!
Olives for Health & Prosperity! Olives and their oil contain bioactive compounds that contain high concentrations of antioxidants and exude antihypertensive, antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic properties. Leaves of the Olive tree are also collected, dried and cut for their medicinal qualities. Brewing a tea with the leaves has similar benefits to Olive Oil.
Grow in pots to bring a unique aesthetic to your home or office. Olive trees offer plenty of ornamental value as a container plant with their grey-green foliage.
To bear a fruit set, Olive trees do require chill hours, or time in cold temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. We have found in our central Florida location (Howey-in-the-Hills), that the self-pollinating trees will produce fruit. Harvests can be sporadic, depending on our winter. Olive trees also alternate fruiting years with non-fruiting years. At a climax height of 20’ tall with a 15’ spread, the Olive is a stunning ornamental tree - to be sure!
Plant in full sun for heavier fruit set and fast growth rates. Of course, with full fun conditions there is a need for a regular watering schedule during the plant’s establishment. Watering 3-4 times a week for the first month, with reduction in watering in subsequent months, will ensure a smooth transition from pot to landscape.
To maximize yield and ensure a healthy life of your fruit tree, mulch around the drip line, topdress with compost, vermicpompost & organic matter regularly, use organic fertilizer high in nitrogen 2-3 times per year, garden with companion plants of cover crops, flowering plants and herbs!
Transitioning container grown Olive Trees into larger pots as they age, encourages new growth and higher fruit sets. Grow in the office or home for a unique conversation starter! Olive trees are universally welcomed in homes and gardens as symbols of well being & health.
USDA Hardiness Zones (which zone am I?): 8-11 (in the ground), ground planting into zone 7 is possible with microclimates and northern wind protection. Can be grown in containers in all zones, simply move potted plants indoors during winter months for protection and move outdoors during summer months to encourage greater fruit production.
Chill Hours: 250 hours to fruit properly; olives are commercially grown for fruit harvest as far North as Atlanta. We have observed Central Florida being the most southern zone for successful fruit harvest during cooler winters. Mild winters have been less successful in Central Florida for fruiting.
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen in zones 8-11 and can be Semi-Deciduous loosing their foliage in very low temperatures when planted outside the recommended growing zones - if in a container, move indoors to avoid leaf drop
Plant Type: Perennial
Pollinator: Self-fertile, only one tree needed for fruiting
Blooming Season: February-March
Ripening Season: September-October
Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities: From our 5” pot size, expect fruit in 3-4 years.
Full Size: 20' tall, 15’ spread tree at maturity
Cold Tolerance: Cold hardy to 14 degrees, thrives in hot summers but Olive trees tolerate temperate regions without bearing fruit. Flowers & fruits will be damaged at 32 degrees.
Light Requirements: Full Sun as main crop or Partial if used as an understory tree
Drought Tolerance/Watering: Hardy to Heat & Drought once established. For initial planting water every day for the first month and then once a week
Soil & Site Requirements: Tolerates wide range of soils but does best with well drained sandy soil rich in organic matter. Be sure to mulch around the base of the tree to trap heat and build organic matter. Use a slow release fertilizer high in nitrogen March, May & August
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