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Spiny Black Olive, Dwarf black olive

Though commonly called “black olive” this tree does not produce an edible olive, but rather a small seed pod. Native to the Caribbean and the Florida Keys this delicate tree grows into a bonsai almost by itself! It is a evergreen tree, with a smooth gray – brown trunk, and small compact foliage. It is also very salt tolerant.

Though it can be grown indoors with some success, it does best outdoors in full sun.

Do not expose to temperatures below freezing, bring indoors or cover if 40 degrees or below is forecasted.

Bucida Spinosa like to be well watered, do not allow them to get to dry. Tends to drop leaves if dry for to long.

We use a 6 month time release, 18-6-8. Miracle grow or similar water soluble fertilizer can also be used.

Pruning / Wiring
This plant’s natural growth pattern makes it ideal for bonsai. It will naturally change direction at each internode, making a bend of 25 to 35 degrees. Grows well with “clip and grow” methods. Also takes wiring well, branches tend to stay pliable up to a certain point. To achieve better taper in a young plant wire a horizontal branch upwards. Remove your old trunk/apex. Next wire all the auxiliary braches and rotate them to correctly level them with your new design.

Repot in warmer months – July through September. Nigh time temperatures consistently mid to high 70’s. Use a well draining granular mix for good results.

No pests or diseases are of major concern. We have never had a pest problem on our nursery plants.

Wigerts Mango Grove & Nursery
Erik Wigert


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