Cailletier are the classic little, black table olives used for Nicoise salad. A native of the Alps-Maritime region of France, the table fruit is named after the curing style of the Nice region on the Cote d’Azur. In addition to making a delicious black table olive that easily remains firm after curing, Cailletier offers dual purpose fruit with high oil content and a fine, delicate flavor in the French tradition. The tree can grow to a large size (25-30 feet) with slightly weeping branches and broad green leaves. It should come into bearing relatively early, with high and consistent production. Cailletier is adaptable to container growing as an indoor house plant and observed to be cold tolerant. It also loves the heat, and is a perfect choice for those wanting both a special oil and flavorful black table olive that can be used for antipasti or cooked main dishes. Zones 8-11.
Latin Name: Olea europaea
Site and Soil: Olives like a warm, protected location with 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile, though crops will likely be heavier with another variety nearby. Olives are wind pollinated and should be planted no more than 20 ft. apart. You can assist pollination by moving pollen from flower to flower with a small brush.
Hardiness: Hardy to 10° F. or below.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: Up to 25-30 ft. in height
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our Olives have not been bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 8-11