Cultivar Profile

Arbosana Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Arbosana’
Arbosana

Cultivar Profile

Arbosana Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Arbosana’

From Spain, maturing a bit later than Arbequina, this cultivar is considered more robust than the latter, well-known cultivar. It has a fruity flavor, along with nutty tones, and medium pungency. It’s does well in high-density plantings and is commonly grown in Northern California.

Makes excellent brined olives for snacking on! Good for home orchards as it is dwarfing, growing only to about 12 feet in height and is self-fertile.

Specifications

Fruiting

Fruiting

Beautiful Waterwise Fruiting Specimen

Olive Oil

Sweet

Bloom

May

Inconspicuous, white flowers; prized for evergreen foliage and its fall fruit.

Country

Spain

Type

Tree

Foliage

Gray-Green Color

Growth

Olives are wind pollinated and should be planted no more than 20 ft. apart.

Size

10-15 ft. in height but much smaller with pruning

Uses

Landscape and Commercial Use

Coastal Exposure, Container, Kitchen Garden, Mass Planting (high density), Specimen, Topiary

Zones

USDA 8, 7 once established

Hardiness

Hardy down 10 °F

Light

Full sun

Water

Once established, water occasionally.

Water more frequently in extreme heat or containers. Newly planted olive trees will require more water to establish.

Soil

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.

Care

Thrives in most average, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils, but it is highly adaptable. Tolerates drought. Shelter young plants from winter extremes.

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