Olive Tree (Olea Europaea) 5 seeds
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The olive tree is a native of the chaparral regions of the Mediterranean where the oil from its fruits have fueled the diets of many great, early civilizations. Unlike most other fruit trees, olives are very long-lived and produce better with age, so ancient groves across countries such as Greece, Italy, Israel and Turkey. Trees as old as 1800 years still produce bumper crops of olives. Contemporary groves also exist worldwide, where the climate permits. In the North America, California is the center for olive production.
Olive trees develop low branches that support a dense cover of small, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves with whitish undersides. These remain evergreen all season. As the trees age, the grey trunks become quite gnarled and attractive. Olives are slow growing and usually take between five and eight years before they are fruitful. Mature specimens produce clusters of small, fragrant, white flowers in the spring. The flowers give way to the familiar olive fruits. Some cultivars are self-fruitful, others set more fruit with cross pollination and a few ornamental selections are sterile and fruitless. Those grown for their fruits are typically harvested in late fall or winter.
Provide olive trees with plenty of sun and very well-drained soil with average to poor fertility and a neutral to alkaline pH. The best time to plant new trees is in spring. They are quite drought tolerant, but newly planted trees become better established if regularly fed and irrigated in the first two to three years after planting. Protect the trunks from damage because nicks and gouges may induce unwanted shoots, or suckers. Hardiness varies from cultivar to cultivar, so keep this in mind when choosing a tree for your landscape. Common pests include the olive fruit fly and black scale. Fruit-bearing trees grown as ornamentals can be sheared after flowering to prevent fruit formation, but this is time consuming and can spoil their natural beauty. Fruitless varieties make better specimen trees.
Olive trees make beautiful specimens for dry, chaparral landscapes across the globe and are some of the most commercially valuable of all fruit-bearing woody plants. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus – Olea
Species – Europaea
Common name – Olive Tree
Pre-Treatment – Not-required
Hardiness zones – 8 – 10
Height – 15′-30′ / 4.60 – 9 m
Spread – 12′-25′ / 3.70 – 8 m
Plant type – Tree
Vegetation type – Evergreen
Exposure – Full Sun
Growth rate – Slow
Soil PH – Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type – Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements – Drought Tolerant
Landscape uses – Edible, Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Shade Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Germination rate – 70%
Bloom season – Spring
Leaf / Flower color – Olive, Gray Green / Yellow, White
Olive trees make beautiful specimens for dry, chaparral landscapes across the globe and are some of the most commercially valuable of all fruit-bearing woody plants. Buy online Olea Europaea 5 seeds from HobbySeeds
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Olive Tree Seeds
European Olive Tree
Grow your own olives with an Olive Tree. The Olive tree produces edible olives for eating or making olive oil. The Olive tree is a small tree or large shrub growing to heights of 10 to 30 feet. Fragrant, small, white flowers open in the summer.
Soil Type: Prefers dry or moist soil. Tolerates drought.
Zones: 9 and 10
Germination Range: 50-70%
Stratification Requirement: 4 day water soak followed by 120 days warm stratification followed by 120 days cold stratification.
Indoor Planting: If your seeds require stratification or scarification – do the recommended pretreatment before planting indoors. Planting Instructions: Fill a container with seed starting mix to about ½ inch from the top. Place your seeds 1 inch to 1 ½ inches below the soil surface. Gently water your seeds to keep moist, not soaking wet. Heat & humidity is critical for germination. Germination may occur in 1 week or as long as 3 months (depending on the species). Place the seed container on a heat mat under growing light(s). Keep your growing lights on 14 hours per day. Keep your heat mat on 24 hours per day. Once your seeds germinate, move each seed into its own container under the growing lights and on the heat mat. Keep your seedlings indoors for 2-3 months before transplanting outdoors in the spring (May to June).
Outdoor Planting: If your seeds do not require stratification: the best time to plant tree and shrub seeds outdoors is after the last frost in your area (spring). In the Northern states – the best time to plant seeds outdoors is from May to June. If your seeds require pretreatment: you should plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.
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