The Mission Olive Tree originated in California circa 1769, where they were first planted by Franciscan priests as they established Missions, hence the name. Has fragrant Flower. See all Olea. The original trees suffered after the secularization of the missions, though pioneers cultivated new trees from their cuttings, leading to the distinct Mission cultivar. This widely used table olive is used in many of today's California produces olive oils. Olea europaea - 'Mission' - Live Olive tree. Low water needs once established. Some of the olive trees overseas are known to be over 1,000 years old. Mexican origin. It's popularity grew due to its growth in California over the years when interest in olives and olive oil increased. Olive trees and olive oil increased in popularity across California and has made the Mission Olive one of California’s most popular evergreen varieties. Mission Olive Tree produces a fruit that ripens in late October, has a high oil content, and is medium is size. MISSION OLIVE Olea europaea 'Mission' Photo Locations: Santa Barbara City College. Hardiest of the olives. Description. General Notes. Family: Oleaceae. Olive, European Olea europaea 'Mission' Native to the Mediterranean, Olive trees have quickly found their place in the Texas landscape. This auction is for one (1) Olea Europaea - 'Mission' - Olive tree. The Mission Olive trees can grow tall to 40 feet, and the trees are cold hardy to 5 degrees F. Even if damaged then they will resprout, Olive trees can actually be … Evergreen shrubby tree. Olea europaea ‘Mission’ (Olive) trees originated in California in the mid-1700’s by French priests as Missions in Southern California were created. High quality fruit. Self-pollinating. This variety has a more upright habit with medium fruit well suited to pickling and oils. They are utilized for their hardiness with the weather, tolerance to poor soils, and manageable size. This ancient tree has been cultivated for thousands of years, prized for it fruit and foliage. Our Mission olives are grown just […] This is a live plant. Often used as specimen tree by landscapers. Erect or … Olive trees were first brought to California by the Franciscan mission of San Diego de Alcalá; olive production likely began in earnest within the first two decades of the mission. Tree Characteristics. Olea europa 'Mission' Fruiting Olive. Botanical Name: Olea europa 'Mission' Common Name: Fruiting Olive; Exposure: Full Sun; Dimensions(HxW): 25-30' x 25-30'