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Due to the olive tree’s hardiness and adaptability, most olive varieties can survive a wide range of climatic conditions. They have the ability to withstand drought and physical damage which would cause serious decline of many other fruit trees. In general, all olive varieties require winter rainfall or supplementary irrigation through the winter for reliable flowering and fruit set. 

Whist some winter chilling is needed for flower initiation, there are a number of low chill varieties that are adaptable to warmer climates and will reliably fruit:

  • Warm Mediterranean type climates of southern Australia (mainly winter rainfall and hot dry summers): areas which have an average daily temperature in July of 12°C or less but rarely frost or fall below 0 to - 2°C but are subject to a traditional Mediterranean winter rainfall pattern. These areas are typically located along the coast of southern Australia and are generally reliable olive producing areas. The varieties that generally perform well in these climates include: Arbequina, Barnea, Barouni, Correggiola, Coratina, Frantoio, Jumbo Kalamata, Kalamata, Koroneiki, Manzanillo and Picual.  
  • Warm subtropical, summer rainfall climates of Northern NSW and QLD: areas that rarely frost or fall below 0 to - 2°C but are usually subject to a warm dry winter and spring.  Variety selection is critical in subtropical areas for optimal flower initiation. Some research work evaluating the performance of olive varieties in a warm winter, summer rainfall climate has been undertaken in Australia. Preliminary data from this trial suggests that the varieties which look most promising for warm winter areas include: Arbequina, Arecuzzo, Barnea, Del Morocco, Koroneiki, Manzanillo and Picual. 


At Pine Mountain the most successful olive farm is Watercress Olives. See https://watercresscreekolivesandlimes.com.au

The oil varieties: Arbequina, Barnea, Coratina, Correggiola, Frantoio, Koroneiki, Leccino and Picual contain a high percentage of quality oil and are the most commonly selected for Australian groves specialising in olive oil production. 

The table varieties: Barouni, Hojiblanca, Kalamata, Manzanillo, Picholine, UC13A6, and Volos are all known for their excellent textures and flavours when processed as table olives.