Olea 'Chemlali' is a popular Tunisian olive that offers delicious fruit and oil. It is cold tolerant and self-fertile.
Olea europaea 'Chemlali' ('Chemlali de Sfax') is a little-known olive commonly grown in central and southern Tunisia. It is considered an ornamentally beautiful tree with erect growth and a lovely, spreading canopy and is also valued for its large crops of small, tasty, dark fruit that produces a mild, fruity oil for use on its own or blended. 'Chemlali' is self-fertile, begins to bear fruit early on young plants, and is very cold hardy and drought resistant with moderate salt tolerance. It thrives in hot summers but tolerates cooler coastal regions. The presence of a second different olive cultivar will increase yields.
Common Name: Olive
Family: Oleaceae (The Olive Family)
Zone Hardiness: 8-10
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Secondary Bloom Colour:
Bloom Time: Spring - Summer
Soil Moisture: Average, Drought Tolerant, Dry
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Woods and scrub in dry, rocky, Mediterranean habitats.
Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia
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