500 year old olive tree


Tuesday 04 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike



We have some 50 olive trees here on the farm, and one is probably over 150 yrs old I guess, but nothing to match this old beauty!!

The foliage you see is probably only 3-5 years old though, as the stump was probably transplanted from elsewhere, and these trees love to regenerate. For those who have asked, THIS LINK shows us pruning our trees last year, including olives.


24 thoughts on “500 year old olive tree

  1. […] trees we have on the farm. Olive trees will grow for many years – I’ve seen some over 500 years old for example. Most of ours are 40-100 years old I […]


  2. Lilith says:

    Where is this lovely tree?


  3. joannesisco says:

    I’m guessing it is even more impressive than this photo can convey … at least that’s always been my frustration in trying to photograph trees. This one is a beaut!! I had no idea they could get so big … and old.


  4. That is Massive! does it still produce olives?


  5. Sue Slaght says:

    That is amazing Spike. The trunk is so gnarled.I guess I would look gnarled if I was 500 years old. 🙂
    I enjoyed reading the comments about how olive trees need to be pruned to produce fruit.


  6. lulu says:

    That is a wow. Imagine the stories the tree could tell.


  7. lindasblogs says:

    Thanks for the arm on the left. It shows just how thick and tilted this tree is, kind of like an elderly person. Does it still make olives?


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Ha, you spotted Granny Ann, one of the octogenarian visitors recently over here 🙂

      Yes, it’s quite a beastie (tree, not granny), and no reason why it wouldn’t produce fruit. Every 3-5 years all olive trees need pruning back to generate new growth to support a fruit yield.

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  8. John says:

    Thanks, Spike. Always wondered how old an olive tree might get to be. No point in looking in the Americas. 🙂


  9. sweetpea2love says:

    What an amazing tree. I can see why you posted this for us to enjoy. I can almost write a short story just from this one picture. Thanking you kindly for sharing. Take care and Happy blogging to ya…


  10. Ruth says:

    Wow indeed… that is one beautiful old tree, what stories she must have to tell! 🙂

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