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Olive Trees

Olive trees seem to thrive in the very poorest soil types imaginable, and in Europe the olive tree has for centuries survived and thrived in barren desert areas. The commercial production of olives today comes mainly from the European countries of Greece, Italy and Spain, and then in the United States, olive orchards are commercially grown in Southern California, and recent large olive orchard plantings were established near

Arbequina Olive Tree Arbequina Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Arbosana Olive Tree Arbosana Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Barouni Olive Tree Barouni Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Chemlali Olive Tree Chemlali Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Kalamata Olive Tree Kalamata Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Koroneiki Olive Tree Koroneiki Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Lucca Olive Tree Lucca Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Manzanillo Olive Tree Manzanillo Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Mission Olive Tree Mission Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Sevillano Spanish Olive Tree Sevillano Spanish Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

Tosca Olive Tree Tosca Olive Tree

USDA Zones 7-10

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    Olive trees are cold hardy to zone 7 and have been growing for centuries in the snowy mountains of Northern Greece, Italy and Spain. An olive tree is easy to plant and grow often bearing some olives at a very young age. There are many cultivars of olive trees, and most new kinds come from Italy and Spain
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    The flowers from the Black Mission Olive tree begin to bloom in Spring and develop into green olives during the Summer, the color fading to black in the Fall as the olive matures. Although most olive products in the United States are small, in Italy, the olive can grow as large as a plum and they are called pimento-olive
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    Olive trees can be planted any time of the year with very little worry of transplant shock. Often times transplanted olives do not lose a season of bearing. Olives are evergreen fruit trees that are reliable producers and often are planted not only as a fruit bearing tree, but as ornamental trees as well.

You can forget grocery store high prices if you grow your own olive trees. This delicious biblical fruit fed the ancient Jewish prophets and the olive oil lit their lamps to read the scriptures at night and some of the ancient trees that were planted 2000 years ago are still alive and producing fruit today. Olive trees were imported by president Thomas Jefferson from Europe into the states of South Carolina and Georgia to feed the American colonists. The Hebrew scriptures of the Bible report that olive trees were grown in orchards and the olives were eaten as food of to press into oil that was used to anoint Kings. The olive oil was also used as a fuel in lamps to light up rooms at night in Jerusalem and in food preparation.

Several cold hardy olive trees are grown in America today and are evergreen, surviving snow and ice in USDA zones 7, 8, and 9. The trees are often planted as a landscape tree around pools for that tropical look and to shade patios. The silver gray colored leaves dramatically contrast with other plants and trees in your yard.

Often a grafted olive tree will begin bearing olives the second year of planting and the fruit production substantially increases each year. Olive crops increase if two separate varieties are planted about 15 feet apart. In the United States, olives are most often used as hors d'oeuvres after being stuffed with pimento, but in Europe the olives are most frequently served with the seed imbedded in the fruit.

Olive oil is most often used in food preparations by gourmet chefs to enhance the flavor of the food. The color of the olives growing o the trees can be green, gray or black depending on the variety planted. Olive trees are easy to grow when planted outside or even in containers, and the olives begin ripening in early fall and mature in about two months. Your family can enjoy growing and eating your own olives from your own trees, and you can save lots, when you avoid high prices at the grocery store by growing your own olives.