Olive (Olea europaea, var. ‘SanFernando’)

I have been working on this olive since July, 2011. To see a progression of its development from 2011 to early 2019 see https://beginbonsai.net/2019/01/03/olive-olea-europaea-var-sanfernando/.

February 21, 2021:
The tree today.
July 3, 2011:
The tree after initial purchase.
January 3, 2019
The tree when I first posted an entry about it to this blog.
March 16, 2019:
The tree continuing its development since the initial post.
June 8, 2019:
August 17, 2019:
More growth.
August 17, 2019:
February 23, 2020:
The tree a year ago.
May 12, 2020:
On the bonsai benches, rocking some tangled bonsai wiring.
July 9, 2020:
Time to prune some branches.
July 9, 2020:
July 13, 2020:
The tree is coming along.
September 22, 2020:
Fall branch extensions.
November 23, 2020:
A month later.
February 21, 2021:
A photo looking at the tree from above earlier today, showing the small, tight foliage this “San Fernando” variety of olive is known for.


  1. I just bought 2 “San Fernando” olea after seeing your great results. Unfortunately I can’t find any other information online about this cultivar. Do you know if they are fruitless or fertile? Are they closer to wild olea(sylvestris) than other named cultivars?


  2. I haven’t seen any fruit on mine yet but that might be due to its relatively young age. I think the small leaves and interesting trunk growth on this ‘San Fernando’ variety can produce a beautiful bonsai. Mine grows nicely but slowly. I only have this variety and its cuttings, so I can’t compare it to other varieties of O. europea or O. sylvestris as bonsai.

    Thanks for your interest, I bet you will enjoy your trees!


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