December 19, 2022
Olive trees (Olea europaea) are a popular choice for landscaping in warmer climates, but did you know that they can also tolerate cold temperatures? While olive trees are native to the Mediterranean region, where winters are mild, they can survive in colder climates with proper care.
One key factor in olive tree cold tolerance is the variety. Some olive tree varieties are more cold-hardy than others. For example, the Arbequina olive tree is known for its high cold tolerance and can survive in temperatures down to about 15°F (-9°C). Other cold-hardy varieties include the Manzanillo, Mission, and Sevillano.
Another important factor in olive tree cold tolerance is the tree’s age and size. Young olive trees are more susceptible to cold damage than mature trees. Similarly, smaller trees are more vulnerable to cold than larger trees. Therefore, it’s important to protect young and small olive trees during cold spells.
There are a few steps you can take to help your olive tree survive cold temperatures:
By following these tips, you can help your olive tree survive cold temperatures and continue to thrive in your landscape. Happy gardening!For further information on how to care for your olive tree, please visit our Olive Tree Care page.