Early March Garden Update – Transforming an Olive


Normally, I wait a few more months to tackle major olive work. I wait until evening temperatures are steady above 50 degrees. This year’s weather has been a bit bazaar and I have movement in most species that I would not expect including my olives. I have a had a client olive hanging out on my deck for a few weeks and it endured a freeze we had here. Now temps are steady and upward trending.

This olive is a legacy tree for SF Bay Area. The tree is over 70+ years old with documents that show it was worked on by Pete Sugawara, who was a co-founder of Kusamura Bonsai Club and assisted many other Bay Area clubs. He owned his own nursery further north. The documentation states that it was worked on by Pete in 1960’s and was on display at a prestigious Japanese event. There are photos…

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