This self-fruiting olive tree is prized for its dark brown fruit, highly aromatic oil content, and its attractive, silvery green foliage.
Highly adaptable, Arbequina produces abundantly in hot dry climates. It has increased hardiness over other varieties (cultivars), withstanding temperatures as low as 5 degrees. Makes a beautiful specimen shrub or small tree. This hardy olive cultivar originated in the 17th century Spanish village of Arbeca.
Beautiful Waterwise Fruiting Specimen
Small fruit with very small pit., It has a surprising amount of flesh. The oil is very sweet and aromatic. The shelf life is short.
Inconspicuous, white flowers; prized for evergreen foliage and its fall fruit.
Can reach 35 to 40 ft. tall if given opportunity, 25 ft. wide canopy
Landscape and Commercial Use
Coastal Exposure, Container, Kitchen Garden, Mass Planting (high density), Specimen, Topiary – Arbequina is used in a wide variety of applications.
USDA 8 – 11, Sunset 24
Hardy down 20 to 30 °F
Once established, water occasionally.
Water more frequently in extreme heat or containers. Newly planted olive trees will require more water to establish.
Well-drained, nutrient poor soil
Light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils all acceptable. Olive trees prefer well-drained soil and even grow well in nutritionally poor soil. Hot, rocky locations. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
Thrives in most average, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils, but it is highly adaptable. More productive when planted near another olive variety. Arbequina’s do best planted near other olive trees. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Shelter young plants from winter extremes.
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