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    I have an olive tree that is about 3 years old. Do I need to prune it and if so when and how?

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    For new trees try to achieve a bare trunk up to about five feet then keep the centre of your tree open by aiming for a goblet shape. Remove all suckers at least once during the summer months. Formative pruning in mid spring and heavier pruning in mid summer and prune fairly hard every three years - keep the centre open!

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    Do you actually get fruit from Olive trees in the UK (I live about the middle of England)?
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    I did have fruit the year before last but they didn't ripen very well but I obviously need to do a lot of pruning!! Also I had a grape vine growing over the top so the olive wasn't getting full sun but I will be interested to see what it does this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geordie View Post
    For new trees try to achieve a bare trunk up to about five feet then keep the centre of your tree open by aiming for a goblet shape. Remove all suckers at least once during the summer months. Formative pruning in mid spring and heavier pruning in mid summer and prune fairly hard every three years - keep the centre open!

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    Thanks Geordie, that's a big help. I've noticed that there are several thickish stems growing up from the base of the tree, should I cut these down as well and just leave the main stem?

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    If they are growing from the base of the stem then you need to prune them off as close the the main stem of the tree as possible.

    I prune my olive tree every winter around jan or feb as there is always new branches that face downwards, but as yours is still a young tree you may not have this problem.

    Mine is a mature tree of about 100 years that I have used to make a feature on the patio.
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    Thanks Crichmond. Wow a 100 year old olive, that's impressive! Have you had any fruit of it?

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    Here in Oz they prune the trees so the branches start at about 2-3ft. We have a few in our garden, one it branches at 1ft.
    I had read before leaving the UK that it is very unusual to get fruit as it is just too cold.

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