Olive Trees
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Pruning an Olive tree

Zone Cape Town, South Africa | Rolf added on October 9, 2017 | Answered

I have an olive tree that is very high, around 5 meters tall. I want to prune it drastically to have it form more like a bush than a tree as it is taking sunlight away from our vegetable patch. Can I do this and if so can I prune it back to where there will be hardly any branches?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on October 10, 2017

It is best to prune an olive tree anytime between the end of winter and before it starts flowering. It is best to make sure to leave the tree alone until it is about 4 years old. After this you may prune the tree. Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/olive/pruning-olive-trees.htm

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