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Olive tree ‘Coratina’ – Olea europaea

Olive tree ‘Coratina’ Olea europaea ‘Coratina’

Exotic (Italy) | Full sun | H up to 8m | W 6m

Olive trees are one of the world’s oldest cultivated trees, dating back to ancient Greece. Evergreen with stunning silver foliage that clip well, making them ideal for topiary, hedges or espalier. Coratina olive trees grow faster and more erect than other varieties, and adapt well to many different growing environments and conditions. The fruit is large and oval shaped. Coratina olives produce a very high quality oil and are also suitable for use as table olives.

Category / Uses: Feature fruit tree, hedges, topiary. Once the tree is four or five 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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