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SM starts with ...
This is probably a long shot but here goes. I have come across an olive tree, in burbs of Melb, that bears quite large olives, 30 of them weigh 450gms and are between 27 & 28mm in diameter. This size is typical of the rest of the fruit on the tree and the olive is ripe.
I know this is not much to go by but can anybody give me an idea of what these olives might be known as and what might be the tree name. Have not seen anything like these anywhere else.
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Manfred says...
I'm guessing Jumbo Kalamata, but I must confess, even if I saw them I wouldn't know for sure.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Kalamatas have distinct shaped fruit, seeds and foliage.
Other common giant olive types(ie 10g fruit) in Australia are
UC1386 aka California Queen
Sevillano aka Spanish Queen
Hardy's Mammoth
Nabtamri
Volvos
Jumbo Kalamata
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Original Post was last edited: 14th April 2016 8:43am
Markmelb says...
SM - I wouldnt mind some wood for a cutting but is a bit late now - see if you have any luck taking a couple cutting.Would be worth growing or trying to graft as they will grow true and alot of plants you buy never show how big they are for many years.
I have a Halkidiki (Northern Greece) with one olive this year to show size - is big about 22mm x 30mm which are usually pickled green but i will do black as take less time to get to eating stage. BTW wheres Thorneside in Melbourne?
Edit - you wont know if some olives have good flavour till you pickle them as some dont taste very good at all.
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14th April 2016 9:41am
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Original Post was last edited: 14th April 2016 10:28pm
SM says...
HI Markmelb, Thorneside is in Redlands just east of Brisbane. Tree in question is in Reservoir and overhangs my mum's back fence. Have been down a couple of times at the right time to see the fruit. Not able to take cuttings at the right time as I live a bit too far and with sub-tropical climate I wonder if it will bear fruit up here. The fruit is similar in shape to the Queen olives one can buy only these are a bit larger being on average 15gm each (picked weight).
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SteveB says...
Hi Markmelb, I'm curious as to how your Halkidiki olives are going now that they have a few years behind them. I have been looking for some Halkidiki olive trees to grow myself, but have not come across any in NSW.
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Markmelb says...
SteveB - not doing that great in 500mm pot - i should try doing cuttings or grafting to Spanish Queen that i planted in ground - might plant out at Mums in Castlemaine should go well there?
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SteveB says...
Thanks for your reply Mark, I would love to buy a cutting or two if your are willing to sell them.

Or some viable olives/seed.
Cheers,
SteveB
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