Project Description

Cultivar Profile

Pendolino Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Pendolino’

Cultivar Profile

Pendolino Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Pendolino’

Pendolino is named for its pendulous branching characteristic, making it ideal for manual cultivation. This variety is widely appreciated by growers for its high fruit production and plays a crucial role as an excellent pollinator, both for table and oil cultivars.

This slow growing tree has a beautiful weeping habit and grows to about 20′ tall over time. Recommended for warmer climates.

Specifications

Fruiting

Fruiting

Beautiful Waterwise Fruiting Specimen

Olive Oil

Sweet

Its fruit size is generally larger than Frantoio but smaller than Leccino. It has a slightly lower oil content with relatively early ripening fruit.

Bloom

Spring

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

Country

Italy

Type

Tree, Single- and Multi-Trunked

Foliage

Gray-Green Color

Growth

Vigorous

Size

Can reach 25 to 30 ft. tall if given opportunity, 20 ft. wide canopy

Uses

Landscape and Commercial Use

Coastal Exposure, Container, Mass Planting (high density), Specimen,  – Most commonly planted in orchards as a pollinator (approx. 10% of total cultivars).

Zones

USDA 8 – 10, Sunset 3 – 24, 29, 30, 33

Hardiness

Hardy down 10 to 20 °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. Pendolino does 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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