Pruning your Olive Tree

Tips on pruning your Olive Tree

Pruning your olive


Like most evergreen trees Olives respond very well to pruning, in fact the more you prune, the more they grow. It is best, however, to prune your Olive after the last of the winter frost and before the first autumn frosts.

If you prune back your Olive tree ‘hard’ it will result in a dense growth or a light ‘formative’ prune will give your tree a natural shape.

As with many fruit trees, olives fruit on new wood, so if you’re going to try for fruit a regular prune will increase your yield.

The most important fact to bear in mind when pruning your Olive tree is that the tree usually bears fruit on the previous year’s new growth, and never bears it in the same place twice.

The Royal Horticultural Society website has more information about how to prune Olive trees.

Your tree will usually flower from late Spring to early Summer. The flowers are self fertile and olives will readily set during the Summer months.

Due to our colder climate, if you wish to eat your olives you will need to pick them in October before the first frosts and ‘cure’ them.

Here is our recipe for curing and preserving your Olives.

More Information

History of Olive Trees
Where to grow your Olive Tree
How hardy is an Olive Tree?
Feeding Your Olive Tree
Pests and Diseases