olive has a history almost as long as that of Western civilization,
its development being one of civilized man's first accomplishments.
The olive requires a long, hot growing season to properly ripen the
fruit, no late spring frosts to kill the blossoms and sufficient
winter chill to insure fruit set.
fruit is damaged at about 28?, but ripe fruit will withstand
somewhat lower temperatures. Hot, dry winds may be harmful during
the period when the flowers are open and the young fruits are
The trees survive and fruit well even with considerable
Olive trees take forever to grow. If you plant an olive seedling,
and take good care of it, twenty years later you will begin to get
olives from the tree.
People who plant olive trees are going
to take care of them their whole lives so that their kids will have
olives when they grow up.
Rye, Olive Trees,