Marin Master Gardeners
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Marin Master Gardeners

Plant Guide

Olea europaea

Common Name
Olive,’ Majestic Beauty’
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Tree
Size
Slow Growing to 25’
Flower Color
White
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
Narrow Long Gray-Green Leaves
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bird Habitat
Growth Rate
Slow
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This variety is fruitless, thrives in hot dry areas.

 

Master Gardener Comments

Olive trees grow very well with little water, however they will grow very slowly - taking 30 years to reach full size instead of 10 years, and the fruit will be small.

 

Varietals

‘Swan Hill’ - fruitless, and ‘Little Ollie’ can be sheared as a hedge.

 

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