This surprisingly hardy, small evergreen tree grows slowly and is happy in a container on a deck or patio. Olive trees feature attractive, grayish-green foliage and are prized for their abundant crops of tasty fruit. Olives begin ripening in October and must be processed before eating. Olives are hardy to around 8°F.
From the Nikita Botanic Garden, which is located on the shore of the Black Sea, these promising new selections are hardy and well adapted to our Pacific Northwest climate. We are testing them for pollination requirements and, at this point, recommend planting at least two varieties for cross pollination.
Black Pearl™ is prized for its tasty, early ripening fruit, great for making both green and black Olives. Plant Black Pearl™ with another Olive variety for cross-pollination.
Harvest Joy™ is prized for its abundant crops of large, tasty fruit.
Premier™ is valued for its good crops of very large, tasty Olives.
Star of Crimea™
This new and promising variety is prized for its flavorful, early ripening fruit.
Universal™ is prized for its abundant crops of large, green olives and for oil production.