Botanical Name: Oleo europaea 'Manzillo' (the fruiting Olive).
Height: 8 - 10 feet if planted in containers; larger if grown in suitable climates directly in the ground.
Spacing: 1 plant per pot. If planted in the ground in zones 8 - 10, space 20 feet apart.
Depth: Plant on the South or West side of a home or building. The warm wall will accelerate the ripening of the fruit.
Spread: 3 - 4 feet in containers, 6 - 8 feet if grown in suitable climates directly in the ground.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Color: Creamy white flowers.
Foliage: Leathery, long leaves up to 3 inches long. Gray-green above and silvery-gray-green beneath foliage.
Fruit: Small oblong, plum-like green fruit ripening to black. This is considered a medium-sized olive.
Form: Tender fruit.
Flower Form: Small blossoms develop in the axils of the alternate leaves.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil.
Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate..
Comments: The olive tree is a valued ornamental evergreen tree. Can become quite large in it's natural habitat (Southwest) with the trunk becoming intriguingly irregular and gnarled. The olive is self-fruitful and will bear small, plum-shaped, green fruit beginning in late Summer and ripening to black in early to mid-Fall.
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