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My olive tree is 4-5 years old, 3' high, growing as a bush.
How long does it usually take to get blossoms/fruit?
I live in Florida and the tree is planted in a sunny location.

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Hi Michael,
Thanx for your question.  There are some cultivars of olive that will bear fruit in as little as 3 years.  Other cultivars take 5-12 years.  If there is not a pollinator near by, the olive tree may never bear fruit.  If you started the tree from seed it may never bear fruit and it could also take upwards of 10 years to bear fruit and the fruit will not resemble the fruit from which you obtained the seed due to hybridization.  There are also olive cultivars that naturally do not bear fruit.  Do you know the cultivar you have and are there any pollinators near by (other olive trees).  I hope this helps.
Tom

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Tom Alonzo

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I have been growing plants from seeds for at least 20 years. I have grown literally hundreds of different kinds of vegetables, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, tropicals, some cacti, water plants, iris, rose, lilies, cannas, etc. I enjoy starting from seed.

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I've been growing my own seeds for 20 years with indoor propagation equipment I built myself. I am also an Allexperts volunteer on the perennial forum. I have completed the Master Gardener course through the Kansas State University Extension. I have experience with a wide variety of seeds and I have also read through Norm Deno's books on seed germination.

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