Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Majestic Beauty’/ ‘Fruitless’/ ‘Swan Hill’

Olea europaea (Olive Tree) - full view

Full view

Olea europaea (Olive Tree) - leaves

Foliage view

Olea europaea (Olive Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25-35'; Spread: 25'

  • Growth:

    Moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; round form; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Gray-green, smooth, narrow leaves, 2-3" long.

  • Flower:

    Insignificant flowers.

  • Fruit:

    "Fruitless" varieties recommended for street trees. Fruit is a dark drupe that is edible if prepared properly.

  • Bark:

    Smooth, light gray bark becomes gnarled as tree matures.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age. Occasional removal of suckers.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil, salt air, gusty or cold winds, fog.

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun. Can irritate allergies. Some "fruitless" varieties bear a little fruit. Prefers good drainage.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to the Mediterranean. A tough street tree. Commonly planted variety 'Majestic Beauty' bears virtually no fruit. 'Mission' and 'Treeland Low Fruiting' will produce fruit.