Vivai Russo grows and sell only the best-proven variety of olive trees. You can find them below.
olives are originated near the city of Ascoli Piceno, after which they are named.
tree is a medium vigorous tree with a very dense crown of an upward shape and
slightly drooping fruiting branches.
develop low branches that support a dense cover of small, lance-shaped, grey-green
olives are light green at harvest and used for table fruit because of its very
large size (8-10 g). Its milky white flesh represents about 86-87% of the
Ascolana olives are also prized for their oils and produce a light
Bella di Spagna
Spagna is a variety from Puglia of medium vigour with a rather dense crown.
self-sterile and its pollinators are: Pendolino, Maurino and Nocellara Etnea.
Spagna olives are 8-12g in weight with an ellipsoidal, asymmetrical shape.
They can be
either green or black skin and have a thick, meaty flesh.
The drupes are well suited for the preparation of green olives of the
whose name comes from the coloration that take the drupes to maturity
(bianco=white and lilla=lilac), is widespread in the central-western area of
Sicily, in particular in the provinces of Palermo and Agrigento.
Biancolilla are medium-sized and oval-shaped olives; at harvest they are
distinctive red-violet and yield a fair amount of oil (15%).
olive trees are widespread among the provinces of Messina and Catania,
especially in Roccella Valdemone, S.Domenica di Vittoria, Gaggi, Taormina,
Linguaglossa, Randazzo and Piedimonte.
It is a vigorous plant with short, narrow-shaped, shiny green leaves.
It has a
cylindrical, elongated purplish drupe, while the endocarp is elliptical and
It is a high
quality production, but with a tendency towards alternate bearing. In fact, it
thrives and lives both in plains and hills.
Brandofino olives yield a fair amount of quality oil (18%)with a natural
yellow colour and low acidity. It is a cultivar susceptible to the fly and the
medium to large-sized olives grown both for oil and table olives, it is very
resistant to cold temperatures, drought and spring frost.
foliage has the shape of a reversed pyramid; its leaves, instead, are
elongated, regular and light green.
It produces good-sized fruits (4-8g), elliptic
in shape with a rounded tip and has an oil content of 20-25%. These olives can
also be mechanically harvested when they are being used for oil.
Cerasuola is widespread
in the north-western part of Sicily, in the contiguous areas of the provinces
of Palermo and Trapani.
It is cultivated exclusively for the extraction of oil, it is also very
resistant to poor soils and drought.
Cipressino has its origins in Pietrafitta di
This plant has
a great vegetative vigour, a rapid growth, an erect posture and dense foliage;
that’s why it is particularly ideal as windbreak.
Its drupes are
medium-sized, ovoid and roundish; they are of a green colour at the beginning
and then mobbing rom a purplish red up to a deep black at maturity.
Cipressino is a very strong plant, which is highly resistant to adverse
weather conditions in the cold and salty wind.
is a plant of medium size and pendent shape. Its expansive crown tends towards
a globular shape and has long branches.
self-sterile, with high constant production and a low percentage of aborted
variety is characterized by early production and by its good adaptability to
different soils and climates.
It is a typical plant of Apulia with large, elongated and oval drupes.
Its fruit dives a high yield in oil at the mill (20-25%) that is very fruity in
is of medium vigour, with an open structure and fruity branches which are long,
flexible and slender. Its leaves are elliptical, lanceolate and glossy dark
This tree is
self-fertile with a high and constant productivity. It is very early in setting
fruit and has an ovarian abortion rate which rarely exceeds 10%.
is of medium size and oval; when mature the fruits are purple-black, but at the
preferred picking time they are green and purple.
Frantoio olives are rich in oil (20-22%), very fruity and of high
Giaraffa is a
large and oval olive variety with a dark purple flesh; its flowers have a high
percentage of aborted ovaries.
Its pollinators are: Tonda Iblea, Nocellara Etnea,
Nocellara del Belice, Passulunara and Ascolana Tenera.
olives yield a low amount of oil with a pulp/stone ratio of 5.6.
It is poorly resistant to leaf spot, scabs and drought; instead it is
highly resistant to silver leaf disease.
Grossa di Spagna
Grossa di Spagna is a medium vigour tree with a
Olives are of a notable weight and of green. This tree has a medium high
production and is moderately resistant to the most common diseases of the
tree is vigorous with an ample and expansive crown. The leaves are of medium
dimensions, elliptical in shape and greenish-grey in colour.
The variety is
self-sterile and so needs pollinators such as: Maremmano, Morchiaio, Piangente,
Pendolino, Trillo, Maurino and Frantoio.
The drupe is
of medium size, ellipsoidal and asymmetrical in shape. The maturation is early
Its fruits are
purple-black although purple green at the optimal picking time.
It has a variable oil content (18-21%); the oil is good, mildly fruity
Cultivar siciliana diffusa nelle province di Siracusa, Catania, Enna,
Caltanissetta e Agrigento. La pianta e' piuttosto vigorosa e ha portamento
espanso con rametti fruttiferi penduli. La foglia, di forma ellittica, e'
grande e larga, con lamina asimmetrica, di colore grigio-verde opaco nella
pagina superiore. Le drupe sono di forma ovoidale, asimmetriche, con apice
leggermente umbonato e di pezzatura medio-grande (4-5 g). La produttivita' e'
elevata e mediamente costante. La resa in olio e' media (16-19%) perche' a
polpa molle e molto acquosa (86%), con alto residuo morchioso. Si adatta bene
alle zone di media collina, dove produce quasi annualmente con un anno di carica
ed il seguente di media carica. In alta collina ed in bassa montagna si mostra
molto soggetta agli attacchi di rogna ed un po' meno al cicloconio. E' inoltre
facile preda del Dacus oleae. E' varieta' autosterile, ma viene fecondata da
numerose varieta': "Ogliarola Messinese", "Zaituna",
"Nocellara Etnea","Tonda Iblea" e "Biancolilla".
Cultivar chiamata pure come: Bianculidda, Maiorana, Ogliara, Ogliarola,
Imperiale, Turdedda, Nostrale, Reale, Nucidda grossa, Catanisa,
Signura,Francufurtisa, Morghetana, Ghiandalora.
Nocellara del Belice
In the province of Trapani, in particular in Castelvetrano, Campobello di Mazara and Partanna, among the canteen cultivars the variety Nocellara del Belice predominates, whose production in 1999 represented about 72% of the total regional one for table olives. As evidence of these data demonstrating the olive-growing vocation of the area, and in particular for table olives, the Dop Nocellara del Belice trademark was established at Community level (Reg. Ce n 134/98 dated 21.01.98) Furthermore the Nocellara and 'the only, at present, among the variety from canteen' Sicilian to have already 'obtained by the above-mentioned Community recognition. Although used mainly for canteen, the Nocellara del Belice is a dual-purpose cultivar, in particular in the areas where the destination is most widespread and as table olive, according to the method of transformation called to castelvetranese, while in other areas and predominantly cultivated as an oil cultivar. It has a marked maturity of maturation, a late ripening period, good productivity of the plants, has a medium predisposition to alternation and requires modest climatic conditions, but is certainly more demanding than Biancolilla, the oil yield it is on average 18%.
Cultivar also named: Nebbia, Mazzara, Oliva Tumma, Nuciddara
It is a cultivar widespread especially in the province of Catania, mainly in the municipality of Paterno ', but it is also present in the provinces of Messina, Syracuse and Enna, where it tends to spread. His synonyms are: "Nuciddara", "Paturnisa", "Ghiandolara", "Pizzuta". The tree is vigorous with hanging branches; the leaves, elliptically lanceolate, are medium-sized, rather narrow and symmetrical, greyish green in the upper page; the drupes have an elongated ellipsoidal shape; the epicarp before ripening, is of an intense green color while at full ripeness it is black-violet; the volume of the fruit varies according to the soil moisture conditions, so that the average weight ranges from 4 to 7 g; the core has a medium size, an elongated and asymmetrical shape. The cultivar is productive, especially in irrigated soils, where the fruit reaches optimal dimensions, being of excellent quality; the yield in pulp is around 90%, while the yield in oil is about 18%, and is of excellent quality. The "Nocellara Etnea" is particularly appreciated for the production of green olives in brine and because it resists well to the mange and the fly.
Sicilian Cultivar spread as pollinator of the Carolea. Vigorous plant with expanded growth. The fruit is ovoid with weight of gr. 6-8. The oil yield around 18%.
Uovo di Piccione
Cultivar of discreet vigor, with rising stance and expanded foliage. The branches are long and flexible, provided with elliptic-lanceolate leaves, of medium size and of a bright green color. Extra-large table olive (8.10 g), ellipsoidal in shape and slightly asymmetric, is harvested when it is bright green in color. Good cold resistance, peacock eye (cycloconium) and mange. It is partially self-fertile, with appropriate pollinators increases the production; in turn it is excellent pollinator for many cultivars. Maturity is early. Medium-high and constant productivity. The pulp is equal to 82% of the fruit.