Sweet Olive Tree

Daniel Gill  |  6/25/2015 7:21:51 PM

Picture of sweet olive tree foliage

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Dear Dan,

This sweet olive has been in the ground approximately five years. It has lots of bare branches and brown leaves. It is adjacent to my house in front, and it has always looked bad. I think it is just very unhappy and should be removed. Please let me know your thoughts.

Many thanks, Joan S.


Looks like your sweet olive has been suffering from a bad case of Osmanthus leaf scorch disease. Click here for more information about this disease. There are no controls for this disease. Sweet olives that are low in vigor and not doing so well are often especially prone to this disease.

As it has been 5 years, and you have been providing the best care you can, and the sweet olive is still doing very poorly, you may decide to remove and replace it. Since there is no treatment or cure for this disease, the sweet olive is likely to continue to look as it has.

Dan Gill
Consumer Horticulture Specialist

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