Olive Trees
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olive tree

Zone 9b | Anonymous added on May 17, 2019 | Answered

I have a very young olive tree - maybe 12" tall stalk with 8 leaves and no branches. Top is broken off. Do olives only grow from the top? Can it survive this damage?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 17, 2019

Your tree should actually be ok, since most pruning recommend opening up the tree.
An olive tree will recover from a heavy pruning. Pruning will stimulate and encourage the growth of new fruiting wood.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/olive/pruning-olive-trees.htm

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