Project Description

Cultivar Profile

Maurino Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Maurino’
15g Maurino Olive Tree

Cultivar Profile

Maurino Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Maurino’

Prized for its sweet and delicate oil, as well as being tolerant of very low temperatures, it’s ideal for cooler climates and dense plantings.

The Maurino olive tree is Tuscan in origin. It’s a good pollinator but self-sterile so it needs another tree (often Frantoio, Leccino or Pendolino). Its fruit is small, but like the Pendolino cultivar, its fruit is abundant. Additionally, both cultivars actually look very similar in appearance and exhibit the graceful, pendulous branch form.

Specifications

Fruiting

Fruiting

Beautiful Waterwise Fruiting Specimen

Olive Oil

Sweet

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.

Bloom

Late Spring

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

Country

Italy

Type

Tree

Foliage

Gray-Green Color

Growth

Medium Vigor

Size

Can reach 25 to 30 ft. tall if given opportunity, 25 ft. wide canopy

Uses

Landscape and Commercial Use

Ideal for windy areas and tight spaces. It’s also perfect for planting in hedgerows for its lush looks. Coastal Exposure, Container, Kitchen Garden, Mass Planting (high density), Specimen, Topiary – Maurino is used primary in commercial applications.

Zones

USDA 8 – 11, Sunset 24

Hardiness

Hardy down 5 to 12 °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

It can be cultivated in cold, humid zones which are subject to fog. It also thrives in most average, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils, but it is highly adaptable. More productive when planted near another olive variety, such as Pendolinos, Leccinos or Frantoios. 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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