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Roselea starts with ...
I live in Far North Queensland where the climate is hot humid and of very high rainfall. As a gardener with limited experience I have been confused by the advise of different local nurseries. One stocks olive trees and states they are suitable for this area while another nursery states they do not stock olive trees as they will not grow here. Obviously they can not both be right and one must be telling a story to suit their own ends. Any advise from experience anybody please?
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Brian Fulmer says...
Can't comment on ability to grow olive trees in FNQ however we have olive trees here in Maryborough which are growing but do not fruit. From my understanding for olives to fruit you need a series of some 7/10 consecutive mornings below 10 degrees for fruit to set.
We keep them as ornamentals for their colouring but they are certainly not vigorous in our soil.
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fruitist says...
Depending on what type of Olives they mentioned. There are tropical olives such as Dabai (Canarium odontophyllum) and Kembayau (Dacryodes rostrata) both native to a small area (Kapit) in Sarawak. There is also a subtropical one called Ceylon Olive (Elaeocarpus serratus). See attached pictures.

Dabai is also called Sibu Olive. There are a few trees in Innisfail and I have eaten some fruits off them. Some Kembayau are also grown in Mossman.

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Roselea says...
Thankyou very much fruitist for this information. I will record these olive types and continue with my endeavour to grow my very own olive tree.
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fruitist says...
If you are keen with Dabai, ring David Chandlee on 40685486. He has a few Dabai trees and they ripen fruits around February. Dioecious. Can bear at about 6 years old if you are lucky. Single trunk to about 20ft.
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Roselea says...
Since my last post I spoke to the local nursery Violets & Lace about Dabai and Kembayau Olives. The owner is familiar with these cultivars stating that they are indeed native trees and very ornamental but poisonous to humans. How odd.
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fruitist says...
The 2 fruits are definitely not poisonous, otherwise half of Sarawakan population would be sick or dead by now. Your local nursery people have no idea. Best to ring David Chnadlee.
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Roselea says...
I do believe you fruitist. The local nurseries here often seem at odds with each others advise. Thankyou very much for your reference to David Chandlee. I will let you know how I get on.
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trikus says...
Some Dabai at David Chandlees place yesterday .
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Mike Tr says...
trikus is David Chandlee still operating?Are there many surving trees that have come back in production?
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jakfruit etiquette says...
I tried Dabai at David's years ago, you can compare it with olive, but can you preserve it like an olive ???
I guess Roselea wants olives for preserving?
You put the hard fresh Dabai in your mouth, hold it against your cheek, and after a few mins it pops(softens) into something like olive and avocado.

I have seen Olea true olives, out near Mt Molloy, no idea if it fruits there ?
ps aren't there plenty of Italians around Innisfail ? If you could grow olives, they may know ?


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trikus says...
Mike T , Larry then Yasi really set David back .... not much remains , but he continues on ...
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Mike Tr says...
True olives would do alright in places like Herberton that are higher up rather than Mt Molloy that is only about 400m alt.Bunnings sells plenty in Cairns along with a big range of stone fruit.
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Bangkok says...
I also bought a dabai tree and the vendor didn't mention that they are dioecious. He can't speak english though but i'm sure he would have tried to sell me 2 tree's if he had males and females.

I read some websites about it and it seems to be possible to have a female tree bear fruit. Mine is a seedling though.

So are they dioecious or not? It's the same with some baccaurea species who are supposed to be dioecious but according to the Thai they will fruit on a single tree.

I read that experienced growers can tell the gender by looking at the leafcolor of a seedling. My vendor is an old Thai man who normally knows very well what he is selling.

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advice needed says...
i have about 70 olive trees on a property we bought 12 months ago in the hinterland of the sunshine coast
I know very little about them
they are about 15 years old and have not been maintained
some have had a small amount of fruit
advice on pruning maintaining and fertiliser would be appreciated
cheers steve
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Advice

Please go to www.oliveaustralia.com.au they have articles from growing to harvesting and processing. Just click the olive trees menu selection bar and it will take you to everything that you need to know about olives.

Happy gardening :-)
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