Arbequina Olive Tree

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Grow your own olives with an Arbequina Olive Tree. The Arbequina Olive Tree is fast growing, early flowering, and grows high quality olives that can be eaten fresh, brined, or milled into oil. Arbequina Olive Trees are adaptable to a wide variety of soil types and conditions and can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees F.  The Arbequina Olive Tree can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 10, and in a pot in Zones 4 to 7.

They bloom fragrant blossoms that produce a heavy harvest of fruit. They do best in well drained soil and full sun. They can withstand drought conditions and actually like to have the soil dry out between watering.

Since the trees are small, you can grow one in a smaller garden or yard, or even in a container on a patio or deck. This makes it convenient to have your own olive tree for gathering quick, fresh olives for adding to recipes, drinks, and snacks. They’re small enough to be grown in containers. Just bring them indoors for winter in colder regions.

The Arbequina Olive Tree is prized for the quantity of delicious edible olives they produce. These are the high quality olives that can be pressed for oil, used in cooking or eaten fresh picked off your tree. Arbequina Olive trees have become popular because they aren’t too fussy.

Are they black or green olives?  YES!  The fruit starts out green, then darkens to a purple color before turning black. Arbequina olive tree harvest time is usually in November. They start out in spring with dainty white flowers that people love for their aroma.

Pruning Arbequna Olive trees should be done in winter, after they are done producing fruit and you have harvested all of the olives. They can handle pruning well, so if you want to keep it to a certain height, go for it.

Botanical Name Olea europaea
Grow Zones 7-10 outdoors, 4-6 indoors as a patio tree
Average Height 14 to 18′
Average Width 10 to 12′
Sun Bright, direct to Full sun (if outdoors)
Water Requirements Likes to dry out between watering

US Hardiness Grow Zone Map

USDA Hardiness Grow Zone Map