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Arbequina Olive

Item #29680. Ships in a 4" Pot.


Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your home. This variety is revered as both a table olive – for its mild, buttery and lightly fruity flavor – as well as an oil olive for its high oil concentration. Tasty fruit and gorgeous gray-green foliage will evoke the rolling Spanish landscapes where this variety is widely grown. Olives hang well on the tree and ripen at different intervals. Drought-tolerant and pest-resistant. Heat-tolerant. Ripens starting in November. Self-pollinating.

  • Shipped greenhouse-grown, 6-12 inch (or taller) plants.
  • Matures around 8-10 feet tall, but can be kept smaller by pruning.
  • If you live in a cooler climate, plant these warm-weather plants in containers so that you can move them indoors before freezing temperatures arrive.


Bloom Color White, Yellow
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late November
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 7.0 - 8.0
Taste Good
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 7 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 7 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Related Assortments

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow olive trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Olive trees are so beautiful, with their silvery green leaves. I'm hoping it is true to zone 7 and will survive our sometimes unusually cold winters.
Joan W on Apr 28, 2016
Chose this on a whim. Didn't realise this existed for my zone. Hoping to be very satisfied with it.
Teresa B on Mar 4, 2016
Olive trees are so beautiful, with their silvery green leaves. I'm hoping it is true to zone 7 and will survive our sometimes unusually cold winters.
Joan W on Apr 28, 2016
from past experience, fastest grower and never fails!
Thomas L on Apr 28, 2016
Chose this on a whim. Didn't realise this existed for my zone. Hoping to be very satisfied with it.
Teresa B on Mar 4, 2016
from past experience, fastest grower and never fails!
Thomas L on Apr 28, 2016
I live in a 7B, do I need to plant it in a pot or can I plant it in the ground?
Candice B on May 6, 2016
I have mine in a planter and make certain to water and feed adequately.
Keep in mind a planter will limit the potential growth of your tree.
My motivation is mostly convenience, mobility y'know?
If your tree can survive in your zone I don't believe it matters where you plant it as long as you keep in mind the basic needs of it.
Best of luck!
If the plant is pruned and kept inside during cold, can it be grown in 6A?
Emily H on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought two of these last Fall (2015) and planted one in a container and one in the ground in zone 8A (Norfolk VA). We didn't have an especially cold winter and I don't believe we got iced over, just the usual light snow/sleet. I moved the one in the container into a detached, non-climate controlled garage that has lots of windows on the east and west side. It actually had a little new growth while in there over the winter. I haven't noticed any new growth on the one in the ground, and its' leaves browned a little. Long story short (too late, right?), I think you would be ok growing one in a container.
Is this a type of olive that needs to soak in brine to be table-ready?
Christina H on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: All raw olives must be cured in some fashion before eating. You can oil-cure them or brine them, but you must cure them. Arbequina can be harvested when green or black.
will this tree survive the winter if planted outdoors in the ground?
I"m in Zone 7A, north central Oklahoma. Thanks.
Bob M on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is compatible with your growing zone and should do just fine if you take a few precautions before winter sets in. Here is an article that outlines what you need to do to help your olive tree through the winter:

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Buying Stark Bros Arbequina Olive
I would like to say I first was introduced to Stark Bros Nursery over 30 years ago through the Texas Fruit Growers Association. They have a reputation as one of the best nurseries in the US with commercial growers. When I looked for an Arbequina Olive tree for the backyard, there was only one place to turn to and it was Stark Bros. it's amazing even after 30 years, the quality of the plant and packaging of it were first rate.
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
So far, So good in Zone 7A
Both my Arbequina Olives arrives in good health last year and took to their potting really well. They've about doubled in size in a year and will soon need bigger pots (they are in 12" pots currently). They overwintered in an unheated garage (with windows) and did just fine. Note, they are evergreen (never lose their leaves), so protection from cold and wind in the winter is a must in my area and anywhere colder. No olives/flowers yet, but hoping next year as they mature.
August 9, 2016
1 year ago
attractive and healthy container plants, no olives yet
In lower zone 7 my two plants survived the winter in an unheated temporary greenhouse. I have not noticed any blooms or seen any baby olives yet. The small trees are 3-4 feet high and look very nice and happy. I received them spring 2015 from Stark, now just over a year in their containers.
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
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