Frantoio Olive Tree
One of the most reliable and cold hardy varieties, Frantoio Olive Tree has been grown in Portland for years and lights up any street corner it’s planted on, especially in winter! Trees grow very fast in youth, especially when given deep waterings and can reach a height of 20′ x 10′ relatively quickly. Foliage on Frantoio is particularly silvery and is gorgeous planted next to a street light or when seen blowing in the wind. Trees are fully self-fertile and the brined olives made from them are amazing! Can also be made into olive oil if you have a press, and even if you don’t the folks at Red Ridge Farms will press it for you each fall if you bring them your harvest! A perfect specimen tree in the garden or urban street tree.
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: Frantoio Olive Tree is 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: Frantoio Olive Tree is hardy to 10° F. or below.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: Up to 20 ft. in height x 10′ wide
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
Sunset Western Zone: 8, 9, 11-24, H1, H2
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed