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Post  Ron on Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:24 pm

I live in San Antonio Texas and found a European Olive tree with a 2" Diameter and about 10' tall. I want to know if I can chop this tree down to a more managable size if it will suvive?

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Re: European Olive

Post  BrianLarson on Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:44 pm

Ron,
Olives are incredibly tough trees! It will most likely survive even a drastic pruning. When I collect Olives, I cut them down to just a stump, flat cut the base, and re-root it like a huge cutting. It makes a great shallow root system, and I have not lost a single tree out of about 15 that I collected last year! As with any collecting, it is probably best to do it late winter/early spring. Hope that helps!

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Brian

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Re: European Olive

Post  Kev Bailey on Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:58 pm

Brian's experiences fit with everything I've read and experienced with Olives. Mine are 15 years from seed but still in the ground thickening. I've airlayered some of the tops this year and I'm eyeing the bases keenly with a view to lifting next spring.

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Re: European Olive

Post  irene_b on Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:08 am

Ron I suggest you air layer it for more trees ThumbsUp

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Re: European Olive

Post  my nellie on Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:12 am

Everything that Brian has said is absolutely right! Very tough guys!
Remember though, when pruning you should leave a pair of leaves on the branch, otherwise it will die.
Olive trees being plants of moderate climate zone, will not survive winter temperatures below -12°C. If such temperatures prevail, then the tree should be brought in a cold greenhouse.
It needs full sun and likes the soil to dry between waterings.
Their bark is delicate so take care when wiring, it should be protected.




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