How Much Do Olive Trees Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

The olive tree works best in warm and sunny climate and is known to be extremely hardy.  The olives generally don’t bear fruit until the tree is about five years old.

Growing Olives by Stew Dean, on Flickr
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How much does an olive tree cost?

The price of an olive tree will depend on the size of the tree, the type of olive tree, the condition, the nursery it’s purchased from and geographical location.  The price of an olive tree can cost anywhere from $20 to as much $700.  Like any tree, the costs will widely vary depending on the type of olive tree and the height.  Most purchases, however, will be between $40 and $150, while a mature tree, considered to be 10 years old or older, can cost upwards of $450 to $800

Type of Olive TreeDescriptionAverage Price
ArbequinaWeeping in form, has a darker appearance and will bear a black fruit in the mid fall.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')
BarouniDeveloped in Africa, this olive tree is very resistant to colder temperatures and produces a beautiful, green fruit.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')
DwarfAs the name implies, a dwarf olive tree will have deep green leaves and usually won't bear fruit. Excellent for smaller spaces such as inside the home or on the patio.- $8 to $14 (4-inch pot)
- $50 to $65 (3-4')
FrantoioUsed for olive oil, the Frantoio has a darker, oval shaped olive.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')
GreekKnown to produce a large crop of fruit, often used for olive oil. It can grow up to 30 feet outdoors in warmer climates.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')
LuccaA yielding tree, the Lucca is also used quite a bit for olive oil. Ideal for zones 8-10.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')
ManzanillaOne of the most widely grown variety in the world.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')
MissionGrowing popularity in California, the Mission olive tree can grow close to 30 feet.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')
PicholineNative to France and is known for its flat, green leaves and medium-sized fruit. The fruit ripens in late November.- $25 for 1 year old (12-18")
- $50 for 3 year old (3-4')
- $400 for 7 year old (7-8')
- $450+ for 10+ year old (8-10')



Olive tree overview

An olive tree can grow up to 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide.  The Olive Tree Farm says the tree can be kept to about 20 feet with regular pruning sessions.

Olive trees are known for its grayish foliage, gnarled branching pattern and can live close to 500 years.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping rates may apply if you need the nursery to deliver to your residence or location.  Depending on the distance being traveled, some nurseries may waive this fee if a certain amount is spent, whereas other nurseries may charge up to a $100 or so if you live within 15 to 25 miles.

Professionally planting a tree can depend on the size, but on average, each tree can start at $30 to $50 and raise as the tree gets taller.

Fertilize the plant at least once per month to keep it growing at a healthy rate.

As the tree grows older, it may have to be pruned, if you decide to choose so, by either yourself or a professional.  If choosing a professional, the costs can depend on the size of the tree.  A 20 to a 40-foot tree, for example, could cost a few hundred dollars.

Tips to know:

Olive trees require a Mediterranean climate that is fairly balmy since these trees will not survive the colder winters.  Those who live in zones eight and higher should do well with this type of tree. Experts note that if the weather ever falls below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, it is best to consider another tree.  These trees crave full sun and are able to tolerate poor, shallow soils.

Olive trees can be grown in containers indoors; however, if you were to do so, choose the dwarf variety as it only grows up to six feet tall, but it can be pruned to keep it even shorter.  Indoor olive trees should be planted inside a container with drainage holes for adequate training and cactus soil to ensure proper growth.

Indoor olive trees will be susceptible to what’s known as scale, a sap-sucking insect.  If these insects are noted, spray the tree with an insecticidal soap.

Since an olive tree is self-fertile, it can receive a larger harvest if you plant another tree for cross-pollination.

How can I save money?

Buying in bulk at most nurseries can often bring the price per tree down.


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