How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Family Oleaceae (Olive family)
Olive trees are mostly evergreen trees that
grow from 25 to 30 feet tall. Often multitrunked specimen
trees can be found. Dwarf forms grow to 12 feet tall. Fruitless
types are available. 'Swan Hill' is noted for little fruit
and pollen. Fruiting types drop fruit, which will stain pavement
and patios. The pollen is highly allergenic.
*Olives are sometimes considered to be invasive weeds.
Optimum conditions for growth
Olive trees can grow in several climatic
zones. They do best in full sun. They prefer little water
once established. They are not tolerant of saturated soils
or lawn conditions.
Leaves and flowers of an olive tree