Meet our olive trees: twisted trunks

Olive tree Tuscany Italy Olive grove Montalbano

Split and scarred by winter cold, dried and hollowed out by the sun, and twisted by the wind, the trunks of our olive trees reveal their histories. While olive saplings grow straight and true, the gnarled and knotted trunks of older trees contort themselves into strange shapes, seemingly growing in every direction but straight upwards. As they age, their once silvery-smooth bark crinkles and cracks.

Every olive tree is unique – to me each has its own personality. Above all, I love they way they resist the imposed formality of the olive grove with its terracing and neat spacing, giving the grove a pleasingly disorderly appearence.

olive trees olive grove Italy Tuscany

Olive tree trunk Italy Tuscany

Olive tree Tuscany Italy Olive grove Montalbano

Olive tree Tuscany Italy Olive grove Montalbano

Olive tree trunk Tuscany Italy Olive grove


olive tree trunk Tuscany Italy


Olive tree trunk Italy Tuscany olive grove

olive tree trunk bark

31 responses to “Meet our olive trees: twisted trunks

  1. Wonderful trees – mine are mere striplings by comparison – the oldest being just 6 years old! When would they really start producing I wonder?

    • I think that roughly, they should first start producing fruit at 5 – 7 years, then produce a more substantial amount by about 12 – 14 years… I imagine it depends on the variety though. How lovely that you’ll be able to track their journey to maturity!

  2. Soooo beautiful! so ‘ alive ‘ as person, they grow and they get older as we do !their skin is getting full of wrickes as ours but not for this they are less handsome..thank you for sharing! have a great day, Miky.

  3. They are absolutely beautiful—I certainly have an affinity for trees—they have seen so very much, weathered so very much, and continue to always provide so much— each one with its own story…truly beautiful images

    • Absolutely! I think we could all take a lesson in ageing honestly, but gracefully, like these trees. The old trees, hunched and dishevelled, are much more interesting than the young upstarts.

  4. Owning an olive grove is akin to having a much loved herd of cows, all with their own personalities. The best thing is you are unlikely to have to say goodbye to one during your lifetime…..

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