Olea europaea ‘Californian Queen’
Plant name: Olive - Californian Queen
Plant type: advanced / deciduous trees
Description: A medium-sized evergreen tree with ascending branches and silver leaves. This tree produces large amounts of olive fruit, the Californian Queen olive is large, fleshy and round and is often used as a starter dish or olive oil production. This tree can be used as a screening or shade device or a feature tree as well as for its fruit production.
Origin: Developed from the Tafahi variety from Egypt.
Cultural notes: Prefers full sun. Does best in warm regions with cool winters. Grows well in coastal regions. Long periods of hot, dry conditions will encourage fruit production. Can be trained as an espalier. Can be pruned to maintain shape.
Tolerates: Frost and drought tolerant and coastal conditions. Hardy and low maintenance. Will attract wildlife.
Flowering type and season: Small white/cream clusters of flowers are produced in late spring. These are monoecious, meaning they are both male and female.
Foliage type and colour: Evergreen with a soft green topside and silver-green toned underside foliage.
Soil type: Well-draining soil. Will tolerate poorer soil quality, does not like waterlogging or ‘wet feet’.
Width: Up to 5m
Height: Up to 8m
Recommended uses: Can be used as a specimen tree or a screening device. Can be grown in pots meaning it is great for courtyards or anywhere with limited soil.