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.
Beautiful Waterwise Fruiting Specimen
Its fruit size is generally larger than Frantoio but smaller than Leccino. It has a slightly lower oil content with relatively early ripening fruit.
Inconspicuous, white flowers; prized for evergreen foliage and its fall fruit.
Tree, Single- and Multi-Trunked
Can reach 25 to 30 ft. tall if given opportunity, 20 ft. wide canopy
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).
USDA 8 – 10, Sunset 3 – 24, 29, 30, 33
Hardy down 10 to 20 °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. 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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