Olive tree

pettypeas(9)June 17, 2013

I just moved in to a new house where there is an olive tree planted in a clearing of about half a sidewalk square. The tree is about 25 feet tall, has many shoots coming out of the bottom, and currently looks like the attached photo. It also has (though it has dropped most of them now) dry, shriveled black olives.

I have several questions--and if there is a more appropriate board, please point me there.

1. How should I care for this tree--watering, fertilizing, pruning if I want to harvest olives. I believe it has been surviving without much/any input.

2. Is there any way to tell what type of olive tree this is--is it even good for eating or should I just let it survive without much water and not bother curing the olives (of course, I'll try a few batches to see what I think)

3. When should I harvest these olives? I guess October is the commercial oil harvest around here--is it earlier for curing?

4. Any hints on how to harvest. Most are too tall to hand pick--I've seen shaking is a common method, but I'm on a hill and on the street, so any shaking will send most of the olives down the storm sewers, unless there is some sort of net made for this purpose that hooks on to the tree bottom.

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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

That's most definitely not an olive tree. I looks like an avocado to me! And it's full of baby 'cados!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:57AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

yes it does not look quite like an olive. Can you pick off a few leaves and fruits and lay them on the sidewalk and take a photo that way so we can see more clearly?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 4:37PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

duplicate; deleted

This post was edited by hoovb on Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 16:40

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 4:39PM
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