Olives for Your Florida Landscape
A seven-year-old olive tree (Olea europaea 'Mission') in Marion County, Florida, with inset picture of ripening fruit. (Note: the trunk of this tree has been painted white; this is a common practice for olive growers in the Mediterranean region.)
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Olive Production in Florida
Olive Tree Selection

How to Cite

Thetford, Mack, Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, and Michael J. Mulvaney. 2015. “Olives for Your Florida Landscape: ENH1254/EP515, 2/2015”. EDIS 2015 (4). Gainesville, FL:5. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-ep515-2015.


Olives have great potential as a landscape ornamental and may also provide opportunities for home fruit production. However, as a relatively new commercial crop to Florida, the cultural requirements of these trees are not completely known and research is ongoing to understand how to manage them for plant health and fruit yield as well as to make recommendations on varietal selections best suited to the southeastern region of the United States. This 5-page fact sheet includes culture and management information, selected references, and a table listing a selection of olive cultivars currently available in the U.S. It was written by Mack Thetford, Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Michael J. Mulvaney, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, February 2015. 

Minor Revision December 2017.

ENH1254/EP515: Olives for Your Florida Landscape (ufl.edu)

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