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Olea europaea Midnight


Olea europaea Midnight offers excellent cold hardiness likely to zone 7 with fruit that ages to jet black.

Olea europaea Midnight ('Krimskaya') is from the Nikita Botanic Garden in the Ukraine. It offers excellent cold hardiness in zone 8 and is likely hardy in zone 7. It produces abundant crops of large, flavourful, early-ripening fruit that can be picked when green or allowed to age to jet black on the tree. It also makes a flavourful olive oil. The presence of a different olive cultivar for pollination is likely required. Olives can be hardy in coastal BC in protected locations with excellent drainage. They will benefit from mulching and added protection in cold snaps. Elsewhere they make easy and beautiful container specimens and houseplants or greenhouse plants in winter. Provide as much heat and sun as possible in summer.

Common Name: Olive - [Citrus Pre-Order]

Family: Oleaceae (The Olive Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-10

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Drought Tolerant, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



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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