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OLEA europaea (MAJESTIC BEAUTY®)

Image of Olea europaea 'Monher' (MAJESTIC BEAUTY®) PP05649

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

OLEA europaea 'Monher'(MAJESTIC BEAUTY®) PP05649

Plant Common Name

Common Olive, Majestic Beauty® Common Olive

General Description

Fruitless olive trees are an ideal choice for gardeners who want to avoid the allergy and litter problems associated with fruit-bearing olives. Majestic Beauty® is slow-growing and develops into a single- or multi-trunked small tree with an airy, rounded canopy of lance-shaped leaves that are longer and paler than average. This cultivar was bred for Monrovia by Julian Herman of Irvine, California and was first patented in 1984.

The overall look of Majestic Beauty® is pleasing year round. As the tree ages, the gray-barked trunk can become quite gnarled and attractive, making it a striking subject for night lighting. Like most olive trees, it produces fragrant white flowers in spring, but they are mostly sterile and do not form fruits. So the canopy may develop its natural beauty without shearing to prevent flowering.

Provide olive trees with plenty of sun and very well-drained soil with average to poor fertility and a neutral to alkaline pH. The best time to plant new trees is in spring. They are quite drought tolerant, but newly planted trees become better established if regularly fed and irrigated in the first two to three years after planting. Protect the trunks from damage because nicks and gouges may induce unwanted shoots, or suckers. Hardiness varies from cultivar to cultivar, so keep this in mind when choosing a tree for your landscape. Common pests include the olive fruit fly and black scale. Fruit-bearing trees grown as ornamentals can be sheared after flowering to prevent fruit formation, but this is time consuming and can spoil their natural beauty. Fruitless varieties make better specimen trees.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Width

    12'-25' / 3.7m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Olive

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Olive

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Olive

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Olive, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No