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Types of Olive Trees

Manzanillo Olive

Manzanillo Olive

Olea europaea 'Manzanillo'

Manzanillo olives are a picturesque, high quality fruit producing tree with a billowing crown and a gnarled trunk that make it one of the most desirable plants for dry climates. These ancient trees have been grown since ancient times and thrive in the hea

Fruitless Olive

Fruitless Olive

Olea europaea 'Wilsonii'

Fruitless Olive trees produce large amounts of shade to any area, grow to be a hardy medium size and acclimate fantastically to Western climates.

Mission Olive

Mission Olive

Olea europaea 'Mission'

Mission Olive trees originated in Southern California in the mid-1700’s and have grown in popularity for their Spanish style oil. ​

Olive Trees


Tucked away in the serene hills between Temecula and Hemet, way off the beaten path in Southern California is where the story behind Moon Valley Nurseries amazing olive trees begins. Circa 1935, olives were widely grown in the area with hopes of providing fruit, oil and eventually trees for use in landscapes across the booming southern California real estate market. In the 60’s, Jim and Marian Shellaberger purchased the nearly 100 acre olive tree plantation with plans to simultaneously continue production while selling trees to area landscapers who were planting them across Southern California’s burgeoning housing market. Housing recessions in the 70’s and 80’s did put a damper on sales of the trees for landscape use, but Jim and Marian continued to maintain their now large plantation with the same love and nourishment as the day they started – even when most of these same type of farms in the area were plowed under or abandoned. Since they had so many trees that were meticulously cared for and continued to flourish, the family decided to begin processing organic, craft oils from the fruits that still were abundant on the now 50+ year old trees on the property.

Unfortunately, before the first oil was produced, Marian passed away after battling Ovarian Cancer and never got to taste the amazing olive oil that came from the farm. In her honor, Jim and his daughter named their product Marian’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For years, Marian’s EVOO as it was known was a favorite, found at many of the area's organic farmers markets, wineries, and locally owned health food markets. In fact a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold was donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Fast forward to today and you’ll find that Jim and Marian’s legacy is thriving through the acres of amazing trees that still flourish on the property that they founded so many years ago. In fact, over 50,000 trees are still growing and professionally cared for at this plantation. Jim and Marian’s original goal of providing environmentally sensible, low water use trees for landscapes also continues to this day. Moon Valley Nurseries recently acquired this grove of incredible trees and will continue to professionally harvest and plant these trees for home owners and business around the Western United States.

These magnificent trees have grown their entire lives in the hot and dry inland climate and make a far superior choice for landscape use when compared to olive trees from the central valley region, near northern California – both for health and low water usage. In fact, this grove of treasured olive trees has always been certified 100% organic for production of olive oil and has been completely disease free since its very beginning. When investing in the perfect tree for your property, please consider the long term health of your tree and try to avoid purchasing from areas known to harbor potential fungal or soil borne diseases, these issues are particularly known on trees coming from the central valley region of California. Inferior trees from outside our region can not only bring you an unsightly, infected tree, it can also lead to possibly spreading pathogens among our incredibly healthy, local grown trees.

Moon Valley Nurseries is honored to continue the loving tradition that Jim and Marian started at this truly unique property. Acres of Manzanillo and Mission olive trees continue to grow, now joined by fruitless Wilsoni Olives and many other low water use tree varieties. Jim and Marian’s original, decades old trees are now available for purchase at all Moon Valley Nursery locations across Southern California. In addition, the original farm continues to be maintained and new trees and plants are being grown there with the same attention to detail as when Jim and Marian originally planted the first olive tree there. Allow us to bring part of Jim and Marian’s amazing Southern California legacy into your landscape!

Plant and tree growth cycles are regulated by environmental signals. The Furst liquid technologies that Supercharged Moon Juice uses include a specially formulated blend of micro nutrients to enhance plant growth. Supercharged Moon Juice provides benefits at all levels by working with complimentary fertilizers to trigger new root hair growth that helps with water retention and increases the overall appearance of your trees and plants.

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