Olea 'Mission' Olive Tree

A cold-hardy, dual-purpose variety for olives & oil production
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Features to Note


9 - 11

Mature Height

30 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
9 - 11
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


Olea 'Mission' Olive Tree, a broadleaf evergreen fruit tree, is not only productive but also extremely attractive, with an elegant, modern aesthetic that is perfect for today's landscapes or edible gardens. A strong, vigorous tree, it has a smooth trunk in youth that becomes beautifully gnarled with age and bears a rounded canopy of delicate, finely textured leaves with gray-green tops and silvery undersides. In summer, the tree blooms in dainty white flowers, which are fragrant and attract pollinating bees. In fall, it sets green fruits that ripen to purplish black. The olives can be harvested at either the green or black stage. Excellent quality, they have a rich buttery flavor that is perfect for table olives or oil production. The young tree branches also make beautiful displays on their own or lovely additions to floral arrangements.

Olea 'Mission' Olive Tree is an excellent accent or specimen but can also be trained as an espalier or grown as a container plant. In the garden, 'Mission' reaches 20 to 30 feet tall at full maturity, but it can be pruned to maintain any desired size and shape. In a container, the tree will be much smaller but will still flower and set full-sized fruits. Best harvests occur when 2 or more different varieties are grown together.

'Mission' is an Olea europaea variety, commonly called the common olive or European olive. A Mediterranean native, common olive trees perform best in regions with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters, but they also grow well in coastal regions. And 'Mission' is exceptionally cold hardy (to 20°F) for a common olive tree. Easy to grow, the common olive tree grows best in a location with full sun and fertile, moist, well-draining soil. It is drought tolerant once established.

This olive tree will ship at the appropriate planting time based on your growing zone. This olive tree does not ship in December or January. Plant height is 18-36" when shipped.


Item Form: Tree Sleeve
Genus: Olea
Species: europaea
Variety: 'Mission'
Category: Fruit
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 9
USDA Zone High: 11
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season Start: Early Spring
Bloom Season End: Late Spring
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Characteristics: Butterfly Lovers, Edible, Evergreen
Uses: Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Specimen
Zone: 9, 10, 11
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: expressShipping
Discount Exempt: No



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