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Olive tree ‘Manzanillo’ – Olea europaea

Olive tree ‘Manzanillo’ Olea europaea ‘Manzanillo’

Exotic (Spain) | Full sun | H up to 5m | W 4m

One of Spain’s finest varieties. It’s considered the world’s best dual-purpose cultivar as its olives can be pickled when they’re green or black. Evergreen with stunning dense silver foliage that clips well, making them ideal for topiary, hedges or espalier.

Category / Uses: Feature food tree, hedges, topiary. Once the tree is three or four years old, it will start to bear fruit. Harvesting generally takes place from mid-autumn to early winter.

Position / planting / care : full sun, most soils but produce better fruit if planted in fertile, well drained soil. Feed in early spring and late summer with a well-balanced fertiliser. Water new trees regularly until they’re well established. Mature trees are very drought tolerant but will produce better fruit if watered well. To encourage growth, prune out suckers and low branches during winter, and remove the tips of stems that have grown too long.

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