Olive – Kalamata
Olea europea cv.
An olive variety used for oil and fruit, generally harvested black.
*height & width at maturity
FRUIT: Torpedo shaped fruit, usually harvested when black. Produces at 4-5 years old.
POLLINATION: Self-pollinating but fruit set will increase if Frantoio and Koroneiki are nearby.
MATURITY: Mid autumn to early winter.
DESCRIPTION: The most commonly produced olive in Australia with dark, multi-purpose fruit that is easy to grow.
TOLERANCES: Prefers a humus rich soil with good drainage but will tolerate poor, low nutrient soils. Performs best in cool winters and hot dry. humid free summers. Tolerant of frost, drought, and coastal conditions. Plant in full sun out of strong winds.
TREE CARE: Generally very low maintenance. Can be kept trimmed to hedge if required. Stake well in windy areas. Feed in early spring or summer with an all purpose fertiliser or one specifically for fruiting trees.
PESTS AND DISEASES: Generally problem free.
FOLIAGE and BARK: Leathery, thin leaves and grey trunk.
GROWTH RATE: Slow to moderate.