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Olive Trees
for Landscaping

Key Feature

Fruitless – No Mess!

Best Benefit

Reduced Allergic Reaction

Style

Mediterranean

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Olive Trees
for Landscaping

Key Feature

Fruitless – No Mess!

Best Benefit

Reduced Allergic Reaction

Style

Mediterranean

Key Features

Fruitless

No Mess!

Several cultivars of olive trees do not produce olives! These trees make them ideal candidates to plant along walkways, where you don’t want the fruit staining stonework or having someone slip on the proverbial “olive peel.” No messy olives to sweep up.

Allergies

Reduced Pollen

Non-fruiting (fruitless) olive trees produce less pollen. In fact, the Swan Hill cultivar produces only 1% of most olive trees’ typical pollen output, vastly reducing typical allergic reactions.

Style

Mediterranean

Olive trees make excellent focal points and accents to the Mediterranean-style landscape garden. We offer both single- and multi-trunked trees to match your landscaping needs. In landscape design they work well flanking entryways, driveways, pathways, patios, and pools. They also make ideal focal interest specimens in a courtyard.

General Growth Conditions & Characteristics

Light

Full sun

Olive trees do best with 8 hours of bright sunlight. While it’s possible to grow them quite successfully in containers outdoors, they will rarely be as healthy indoors in a container. When planted for indoor use, provide lots of direct sunlight.

Soil

Well-drained, nutrient poor soil

Olive trees prefer well-drained soil and grow well even in nutritionally poor soil. They thrive in hot and rocky locations. While new plantings will do best with regular water (and container plantings will require even more water), established trees are fairly drought tolerant and only require water occasionally.

Temperature

Heat to cold

Although olive trees do well with both higher heat and cold, winter temperatures, various cultivars react with greater (or lesser) tolerance to heat or cold. Most are hardy down to 20 or 30°F. Ask us which cultivars may be best for your growing conditions.

Growth

Slow to Vigorous

Olive trees vary in growth rate over time. Some are slow; others are moderate or even vigorous in their rate of growth. Left unattended, some cultivars may grow to 30 feet or more. But they respond well to pruning, if you wish to maintain them at a specific size. Most flower in spring or summer, even if they are not fruit producing. The exception is Little Ollie, a dwarf cultivars that remains small and shrub-like, producing no blooms.

Size

Dwarf to 30+ feet

Tree size may vary widely depending upon how much it’s been pruned historically in an established olive tree. Many are maintained at  20 (+/-) feet to achieve a desired visual effect. Some cultivars are characterized by upright branches and others by more pendulous or “weeping” branch style. Also, some trees have dense canopies, as wide as the tree is tall. Others thrive by being used in a hedge or shrub formation with branches intertwined with its neighbors’.

Ancient olive trees are characterized by their gnarled, dense and thick trunk girth. Their size gives an appearance of stocky solidity. Olive trees are known for living not only for hundreds of years, but even thousands, in parts of the Mediterranean and Middle East. Olive wood is also prized for its dense grain and beautiful color.

Fruiting olive trees may also serve as the most appropriate cultivar for your landscape design. For example, some tree cultivars prefer an olive tree “companion” when positioning them in pairs. Each may provide beneficial pollination to the other.

Scroll down to view both our fruitless landscaping olive trees only, as well as all our landscaping olive tree cultivars. Select which types may be most appropriate to your planting and design conditions. 

Fruitless Landscaping Olive Trees Only

All Landscaping Olive Trees

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Swan Hill Olive Tree

Swan Hill Olive Tree

The ‘Swan Hill’ fruitless olive tree grows and looks like a normal fruiting olive tree, but it doesn’t produce the messy fruit. Since the tree doesn’t put energy into making fruit... [ LEARN MORE SWAN HILL ]

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Fieldgrown olive trees

Frantoio Olive Tree

The Frantoio olive tree grows well in milder climates, but it is not as tolerant of heat and cold as Spanish olive cultivars. This fruiting olive tree grows with moderate speed and has an airy... [ LEARN MORE FRANTOIO ]

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