Manzanillo Olive Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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The Manzanillo Olive Tree is a striking variety that originated in the Mediterranean and has become popular in Spain and the U.S. The Manzanillo Olive Tree has deep green foliage, a dense canopy, and a broad, upright growth habit. This is a slow but resilient growing tree that can become the focal point of any landscape, from simple to sophisticated.

Manzanillo Olive Trees reach mature heights of 30 feet or more, with widths of up to 20 feet. They are suited to growing in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 11, or in a pot in Zones 4 to 11. They are tolerant of droughts, high heat, cold, and are easy to grow and maintain due to their ability to adapt to various climates, soil types, and conditions.

Olive Tree Care

Manzanillo Olive Trees are resistant to changes in weather, such as sudden cold fronts occurring in traditionally warmer areas. They produce both male and female flowers, so they can grow fruit without a pollinator. Adding a second Manzanillo Olive Tree, or another suitable pollinator, can increase yields.

Manzanillo Olive Trees are evergreen and can be planted at any time of the year. Dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball, and back-fill with soil. Manzanillo Olive Trees prefer rich soil that has a high amount of organic material and is well drained. However, they will also grow in rocky soil or soil that is less rich. If you are growing a Manzanillo Olive Tree in poor soil, simply water well and fertilize the tree every other month for the first year until established.

Fruit & Harvesting

Manzanillo Olives are prized for their black fruit and their easily removed pits. Ripe Manzanillo Olives are enjoyed as fresh table fruit, pickled, or when pressed for olive oil. Manzanillo Olive Trees bloom in spring and the fruit ripens in fall. New trees take at least 3 to 5 years to mature and begin producing full crops of olives. Younger trees can sometimes produce small yields of fruit as early as 2 years.

Harvest Manzanillo Olives when black and fully rounded. The ripe fruits have a rounded oval shape and the eating quality is considered to be one of the best of all olives. Manzanillo Olive Trees are one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees in the world, and some specimens are hundreds of years old. Growing and harvesting your own Manzanillo Olives can be a rewarding experience for generations.

Growing Zones

Plant Growing Zones


Manzanillo Olive Trees have been popular over the centuries because they are cold hardy, drought resistant, and tolerant of a wide range of soils and climates. They are slow growing but steady and easy to maintain. Choose a location where the tree has at least 20 feet of growing room on all sides.

Manzanillo Olive Trees reach a mature height of 30 feet and a spread of about 20 feet or more. They can be pruned to stay smaller, and you can even grow a Manzanillo Olive Tree in a large container. If growing in a pot, choose a sturdy container with holes for drainage and fill with rich potting soil that has good drainage.


How cold hardy is a Manzanillo Olive Tree?

Manzanillo Olives Trees can tolerate low temperatures down to 10 degrees F. Freezing temperatures will damage any fruit that has set, but the tree will survive to bloom again in spring.

How long will it take for a Manzanillo Olive Tree to grow olives?

Manzanillo Olives are slow growing, but trees as young as 2 years can grow a few olives. Full harvests can be expected on trees between 3 and 5 years old.

Can a Manzanillo Olive Tree be grown in a pot?

Yes, you can grow a Manzanillo Olive Tree in a pot. In fact, the slower growing nature of this tree make it an ideal specimen for container growing. A Manzanillo Olive Tree in a large pot can thrive for years.

Does the Manzanillo Olive Tree need a pollinator?

No. The Manzanillo Olive Tree grows both male and female flowers, so it is self-fertile. Pairing it with another olive tree can increase the size of the crops on both trees.

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