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Olives in zone 8A/B - any recommendations for olive varieties that will thrive here?

 
Bart Wallace
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I am close to the boarder of of 8A/B for my zone. Does anyone know of any olive trees that will thrive in this climate zone? I live in south east Alabama
 
Tyler Ludens
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Here's a nursery with several hardy varieties:  https://onegreenworld.com/product-category/fruiting-trees-shrubs/olive/  ;
 
Tj Jefferson
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Florida Olive Farms & Mill already is doing it. They may tell you... Live Oak about the same climate.
 
Bart Wallace
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Thanks. I got one Olive growing but it is kinda in a heat trap. It is near a tin building and has come through some 15-20 degree weather well.
 
Casie Becker
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Olive trees are just starting to become somewhat popular in Central Texas, which runs along that zone line. I planted Aberquine, but there are also some compatible cross pollinators. There a lot of articles online if you do a search for olive trees in central Texas.

This is from an award winning PBS gardening program for the area http://www.klru.org/ctg/episode/growing-olive-trees/ ; And this is another nursery that carries several varieties. http://www.lonestaroliveranch.com/nursery/texas-olive-tree-varietals Check out their resource page which has a lot of other useful links.
 
Bart Wallace
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Thanks. I am trying to grow some drought hardy trees in my next garden expansion .
 
Casie Becker
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Neither of my trees are in a heat trap, and they've both survived two dry cold fronts this winter where very warm weather was followed in hours by several days of very cold weather. We were definitely in the teens for those. Any olive varieties recommended for my area have to be able to handle not just cold weather but extremely fast temperature fluctuations.
 
I agree. Here's the link: https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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