5 Interesting Facts about Olive Trees
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5 Interesting Facts about Olive Trees


In the state of California, there are around 39,000 acres of olive orchards, many of which produce delicious extra virgin olive oil. But these days, many homeowners enjoy growing olive trees on their property for non-commercial purposes. These ancient, majestic trees have been revered for millenia. Here are five fun facts about olive trees.

Long Lifespan

Scientists have located a number of trees that are over 2,000 years old, meaning that some of the olive trees growing today were alive during biblical times. As olive trees get old, their bark often becomes twisted and features beautiful gnarls.

Peaceful Symbolism

The phrase ""extend an olive branch" comes from the Book of Genesis and means "let us make peace." This expression has been used to try to bring a close to many types of conflicts, from arguing family members to long-fought wars.

Cold Weather Olive Trees

Olive trees are native to Asia Minor and grow best in a Mediterranean climate. While olive trees prefer climates that are warm and dry, the Arbequina olive tree, which is used for highly desirable oil, can withstand temperatures down to 20 degrees fahrenheit. This makes them a popular option for more northern gardens.

Fruit Trees

While many people think of olives as more akin to vegetables, they are indeed fruits. Olives are classified as fruits because they are the product of the tree’s flowers, which are white and bloom in late spring.

Taller than You Might Expect

While olive trees are commonly seen in the 20 to 30 foot range, some olive trees can actually reach a mature height of 50 feet.

If you have an olive or any other type of tree on your property that needs care, be sure to get in touch with a reputable arborist. For an arborist in Sacramento, contact the experts at BP Tree Services at (916) 237-1882. BP Tree Services also offers free wood chips in Sacramento, CA. Feel free to give BP Tree Services a call today to ask for a free arborist estimate in Sacramento!


BP Tree Services Blog
Posted: May 31, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ