Olea europaea ‘Cipressino’ is a vigorous upright tree, getting its name from its similarity to the habit of the pencil-like Italian cypress. It is a very strong tree showing good resistance to coastal and sea conditions. It requires a pollinator to produce abundant olives.
The plant and its characteristics
This cultivar has its origins in Apulia, in South Italy as it was initially spread in the Taranto area with the dual purpose of wind breaking and for oil production. It is a plant with a great vegetative vigor and with a rapid and robust growth, an erect posture and dense foliage. It sprouts from the bottom, forming a columnar structure with long branches and shoots; that’s why it is particularly ideal as a windbreak.
The cultivation of the Cipressino cultivar is present mainly in Apulia and Sardinia. This is a rather recent variety and, initially, was used mostly to protect other types of plants. The leaves have a lanceolate-elliptical shape, are small to medium, with an upper gloomy green side and a lower green silver side, with light brown shades. The drupes are medium-sized, ovoid, and roundish, at the beginning of green color and then moving from a purplish red up to a deep black at maturity. This is a very strong plant, which is highly resistant to adverse weather conditions in the cold and salty wind and which is not affected by the most common pests of the olive.
The extra virgin olive oil
The tree is nice, grows very slowly, reaching an age of several hundred years. Thanks to these aesthetic features, it is often selected and cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks. The maturation of the olives takes place from mid-November to mid-December. Production is high and constant, the oil yield is medium and the olive oil produced is fine and light, with an intense golden yellow color, with slightly fruity notes. It is ideal to be used for boiled or grilled vegetables, fresh salads, for sauces such as mayonnaise and on fish.