Arbequina Olive Tree

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Never pay for fresh olives again when you plant our super-fast-growing Arbequina Olive Tree (Olea europaea 'Arbequina')! This tree produces delicious olive fruit and you'll love having an exceptional harvest of your own olives for fresh eating, brining and milling into oil.

This small Olive begins produces small, fleshy olives with small pits, so they're just perfect for snacking, adding to drinks, and slicing for use as a topping on pizza. These high-quality olives also produce high-quality olive oil.

Arbequina Olive begins as a green fruit that makes a slow transition to purple before turning black, indicating it's time for harvesting. This happens sometime in late November, just in time for holiday parties and get-togethers!

Planting and Application:

This highly adaptable Olive variety does well both in the ground and in containers, making it easy to keep one near the kitchen for your culinary masterpieces. Tuck a potted Arbequina onto your porch, patio or even a balcony or rooftop garden - any place where they can bask in the full sun.

The Arbequina flowers early on, with petite creamy white blooms that are nearly hidden by the tree's dark green leaves, but your pollinators will find them in swarms! These small flowers are beloved for their wonderful fragrance. The exotic foliage makes these fantastic specimen trees and petite shade trees!

  • High-Quality Fruit - Olive Oil, Snacks, Drinks & Brined
  • Prolific Harvest
  • Self-Pollinating
  • Early Flowering & Fragrant Flowers
  • Specimen & Container Plant & Great for Edible Landscaping

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Arbequina Olive Tree is ideal for the home grower because it is small and hardy, able to endure the cold and requires very little maintenance to turn out a bumper crop of olives. Outdoors, the Arbequina is adaptable to a variety of conditions, even doing well in poor soils or drought. If you decide to shape it, it's also amenable to pruning.

  • Highly Adaptable
  • Full Sun, Low Moisture Needs & Moderate Fertility
  • Prune smaller for use as an ornamental Container Tree
  • Pest & Disease Resistant & Loves Heat - USDA zones 8 - 10 Outdoors
  • Drought tolerant & thrives in coastal conditions

Since ancient times, the Olive tree has been prized for its fruit, wood, oil and the overall health benefits it provides! The Arbequina Olive Tree has so much to offer so see how easy it can be to grow! These are so popular, please make your selection now by heading over to today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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The First in Class Olive

It took some time for the Arbequina Olive to become a world-renowned olive from its obscure beginnings in a small village of Arbeca, in the region of the Les Garrigues in Spanish Catalonia.

Olive are native to the Mediterranean coast, where they grow wild. As far back as 61,000 years ago evidence of the modern-day olive (Olea europea) has been discovered being used as firewood. Although, some reports from Israel have possible evidence from as far back as 1 million years, with cultivation beginning around 7100-6300 BC.

The Arbequina, though known and appreciated, stayed primarily grown in Catalonia, Aragon and Andalusia Spain for hundreds of years until it was introduced to Europe by the Duke of Medinaceli in the 17th century.

Gradually, its low vigor (meaning less pruning), high productivity, wide range of adaptability and fine quality oil, got noticed by other olive growing regions of the world. By the turn of the 20th century, olive growing regions like California, Argentina, Chile and Australia were all growing the Arbequina Olive.

The practice of high and super high-density planting and pruning of olives came into fashion in the mid-1980's. Plantings went from the standard 100 - 340 trees to the acre to 250 - 840 trees to the acre. Then in 1994, Mr. Jose M Ferrer of the Valonga Plantation in Binefar in Huesca, Aragon Spain; on the advice of his tree supplier, Agromillora Nursery of Catalonia Spain, planted the first super high-density planting. This consisted of trees being planted 670 - 1210 trees per acre.

Along with this, Agromillora Nursery also recommended a group of highly productive, high quality, upright, almost columnar growing varieties. These varieties were the Arbequina, the Arbosana and the Koroneki.

Because of the high rate of return on the farmers initial investment and the popularity surge in the demand for olive oil, the high and super high-density systems became the preferred systems. The result was the Arbeguina Olive, with its super high-quality oil, became one of the most widely planted olives in the world.

At the same time the home garden nursery industry saw the same attributes being a perfect match for the home-grown olive. The Arbequina has become the #1 home garden variety grown today.


Arbequina Olive Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10 Outside 4-7 Patio Tree
Growing Zones 8-10 Outside 4-7 Patio Tree
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Olea europaea 'Arbequina'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 12 - 15 Feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Average
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes