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Our local garden centre has some mature olive trees reduced substantially, but still by no means cheap.

We're in a secluded spot in North East England; is getting fruit from an olive tree this far north fragile or are such trees purely ornamental for us?

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  • What will be the use? Oil? You need many many olives. Olives to eat? You need a large jar, or it will be costly the process to transform tree olives into edible olives. – Giacomo Catenazzi Jul 24 '18 at 7:40
  • The only time i managed to get fruit on a potted olive tree here in Texas, was when I left it out for winter to get frosted. They don't like too much frost, but we had it in a sheltered spot (a small courtyard next to the kitchen window). (alas it later died after too many temporary house moves meant it died of drought) – winwaed Jul 24 '18 at 13:36
  • Maybe in a glass house? – Graham Chiu Jul 28 '18 at 10:42
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Unfortunately, it is very unlikely you will get fruit from your olive tree. Sometimes in the south east of the UK in a hot summer, some fruit might be set, but rarely - where you are, it's even less likely, These trees are listed as 'frost hardy' by the RHS, so protection from the elements during winter may be necessary https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=138

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