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Olea europaea 'Chemlali'


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 - [Citrus Pre-Order]

Family: Oleaceae (The Olive Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-10

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

Berries: Yes

Berries: Purple


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

Europe and Africa - North Africa

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