Cultivar Profile

Swan Hill Olives® Fruitless Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Swan Hill’
Swan Hill Olives® fruitless olive tree

Cultivar Profile

Swan Hill Olives® Fruitless Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Swan Hill’

The Swan Hill Olives® fruitless olive tree grows and looks like a normal fruiting olive tree, but it doesn’t produce the messy fruit.

Since the tree doesn’t put energy into making fruit, it grows a little faster than fruiting olive trees. This feature has resulted in the Swan Hill Olives® fruitless olive tree becoming more popular. With no fruit, there’s no pollen. With no fruit, there’s no mess along your stonework, pathway, patio deck or poolside. It’s attractive to use in entryways and other high foot-traffic areas.



Non Fruiting

Beautiful Waterwise Fruitless Specimen

Olive Oil




Swan Hill Olives® fruitless olive tree only releases 1% of the pollen other fruiting olives spread in the spring.






Dark Green Color


Moderate; but it is not unusual to see an average growth rate of two feet plus per year under ideal conditions within for the first 10 years following planting.


Carefully pruned, multiple trunk Swan Hill Olives® fruitless olive trees usually reach a mature height of 30 feet by 20-30 feet wide. Under ideal conditions they can easily grow to 35 foot tall by 30 wide in 10-15 years following planting (depending upon the original box size and climate in the area the tree is planted).


Landscape Use

Suited for both lawn and desert adapted landscape design, it makes an excellent tree around picnic and swimming pool areas as well as pathways. Since it’s fruitless, there’s no worry about olive mess. In maturity, it will produce a fantastic canopy for those hot days when you need some shade.


USDA 8 – 11, Sunset 3 – 24, 29, 30, 33


Hardy down 20 to 30 °F


Full sun


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. 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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