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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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.