The olive trees listed here have already matured, allowing you to skip the process of growing one from scratch. Mature olive trees are close to their full height and crown size, but still have a little wiggle room to grow further.
Despite this, the trees still vary considerably in shape and size depending on their age, which ranges from approximately 70 to 1,000 years, meaning they suit a range of different environments.
Any of our mature olive trees would make the perfect centrepiece for a garden, patio or even a large indoor space.
Types of Mature Olive Trees We Sell
- Arbequina: Self-fertile and a good pollinator for other cultivars. Starts fruiting early (four years). Relatively cold hardy. Widely adaptable.
- Chemlali: Large, vigorous tree. Small fruit. Self-fertile.
- Picual: Short, bushy tree with particularly gray leaves. Large fruit. Self-fertile.
- Hojiblanca: The name ‘hojiblanca’ means ‘white leaf.’ It’s so-called because of the leaves’ silvery colour, which results in a unique sheen in the sunlight.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does an olive tree take to mature?
This varies from tree to tree, but typically takes at least four years. Some trees never do bear fruit, which is another reason why a mature olive tree is worth considering.
How do you care for mature olive trees?
Olive trees should be watered little and often to keep them hydrated, particularly during dry spells. For the first year after the tree has been planted, you should water the tree regularly, as this helps it become established in its new home.
Olive trees grow slowly, so don’t need pruning that often, but it should be done in late spring or early summer. For more detailed information, visit our FAQ page.
Can mature olive trees be potted?
Yes, but it’s important to consider a few things before you plant one - first being that you don’t want the tree to outgrow the container over the years. It’s also important to add some gravel to the bottom of the pot to allow water to drain out, as drainage is key for olive trees.
How do you plant mature olive trees?
Good drainage is the most important aspect of planting an olive tree. Generally speaking, we recommend a peat-based compost, but if the plant is top-heavy it may be better to opt for a loam-based alternative such as John Innes No 3. Be careful not to damage the tree’s routes when planting - this can prevent flowering and fruiting in future.