Arbequina Olive

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Description

Characteristics of Arbequina Olive Trees

Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your home! Delicious both for eating at the table and pressing for oil, the Arbequina olive originates from Catalonia, Spain, and is one of the most popular olive varietals grown in California’s olive industry today.

This fruit tree grows well in containers indoors. Outdoors, it may be planted in pots and brought inside for the winter, or it may be planted in the ground in temperate climates.

Plant your Arbequina olive as an accent to your patio! The willowy branches grow beautiful gray-green leaves, producing olives that start off green and mature into a lovely black. The olives hang well on the tree and ripen at different intervals, allowing multiple small batch harvests.

Traditionally, the green foliage of olive trees was formed into victory crowns at the ancient Olympics and currently symbolize peace and friendship. Branches are used today for indoor home decorating.

The Olives

Arbequina olives are small black olives that are beloved for their light, fruity flavor. The olives must be cured before eating at the table and should be processed immediately after harvesting.

There is a natural buttery note to the oil that makes it a favorite extra virgin olive oil for many chefs and home cooks. Fresh olives can be pressed at home in small batches to produce your own high-quality extra virgin olive oil.

Arbequina olives are high in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, and the oil is also an excellent source of monounsaturated fat.

Growing Arbequina Olive Trees

Grown in the ground, the tree can reach up to 15 feet tall. In a garden pot, the tree’s height will be reduced by the size of the pot. Olive trees can live hundreds of years. The Arbequina olive is self-pollinating.

These low-maintenance olive trees need full sun and well-drained soil. The root system is prone to rotting, so it is especially important that garden pots should have plenty of drainage holes. The Arbequina olive is drought tolerant, pest resistant, and heat resistant. The tree should produce fruit within a few years of planting. Harvesting starts in November.

Buy an Arbequina olive tree to enjoy the beauty of its silvery green foliage, tasty olives, and delicate oil!

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Characteristics

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
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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.

Pollination

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!

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.

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