Q. I read a small article on line that you wrote about "Fruitless" olive trees. We just had two new 36" box "Fruitless" olive trees planted in our front yard. We noticed about a dozen green olives growing at the top areas of the trees. Our landscaper told us that even "Fruitless" olive trees can get "Some" olives, but not enough to be a problem or a mess. We have not paid him yet, and we are wondering if this is possible; or do "Fruitless" olive trees always have "0" fruit ? Should we feel comfortable with what he is saying?, or will these trees eventually end up producing a large quantity of olives ?
We are currently in desperate need of someone with your knowledge.
|Olive tree with small number of olive fruits set|
I can only assume a reputable landscaper and their nursery supplier would only use one of those three varieties and this first year is one of the few years out of their lives when the stars align and some fruit is formed . . I would also equate that regarding many crops the terms like 'seedless' is not absolute; in the case of citrus 'seedless' means the average number of seeds is less than 1.5/fruit . . .
|Olive fruits forming from the olive flowers|
If the landscaper used another variety please let us know and we will research the background of that variety
Good luck, and let's hope this will be the one year in 8 or so that some fruits have formed . .
There is one more possibility. These olives are grafted or budded on to an olive rootstock. If the olive rootstock has taken over and "beat out" the budded fruitless type it is possible that it will be a fruitful form. There is no way to really tell unless you can see that this happened at the bottom of the tree where the grafting or budding was done. Because this happened at the nursery, the landscape company would know nothing about that. And the nursery which was growing the tree, since its labor is generally unskilled, would not have known it either. If you see an ever increasing amount of olives coming from the tree in the future you might elect to have it replaced to remove future problems....or.... learn how to brine olives or make oil!