Holy Land Gift Shop: All items on this website are handmade and imported directly from our workshops in Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Holy Land. No trees are ever harmed in making these works of art, and each piece is made from sustainably sourced wood collected from yearly pruning that encourages further growth to these ancient and sacred trees. Our sacred olive wood is patiently and artfully hand carved by our skilled craftsmen in the Holy Land.
With a hard-earned U.S. Department of Agriculture signoff now in hand, TreeswithMeaning.com becomes one of the first companies in the U.S. approved to bring living olive trees from Israel to the North American market.
The Schneiders organized a small, elite family of handpicked Israeli growers near the Jordan River and elsewhere, navigated a web of international permits and built a stateside infrastructure to shelter and nourish the hardy, fast-growing young trees as they arrive in the U.S.
The symbol-rich olive tree is as tough as it is beautiful. It thrives even in desert areas, grows rapidly and produces fruit even in harsh conditions. The olive tree is an ideal candidate for outdoor life in the states in growing zones 8 and above, or potted and living contentedly on the garden deck or in a sunny corner of the living room.
Each olive tree from TREESwithMEANING.com will arrive with a certificate of authenticity, detailed care instructions and metaphoric roots that reach back to ancient times in the land of Israel and intertwine richly with early Jewish and Christian cultures.
The history of the olive tree encompasses millennia of positive symbolism. The fruit and oil of olive groves has been a source of wealth and stability throughout the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. The olive branch has symbolized hope and peace since biblical times and olive laurels crowned the champions of ancient Olympic Games.
Today, potted house versions commonly live in Israeli homes as symbols of blessing and prosperity and globally, millions of Israeli olive trees are being planted in Northern India and elsewhere to reforest exhausted lands and promote goodwill.
Olive tree of Vouves, GreeceThere is an old olive tree on the Greek island of Crete. This old tree still produces olives, but they are very expensive. There are many olive trees on Crete and on other islands in Greece. Olive trees are drought, disease and fire resistant. That is why they live for a long time in southern parts of Europe.
When visiting Crete, you should see this 3000 to 5000 year old tree. You are not alone: 20,000 people visit this olive tree every year. You can also go to the website of the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves, where you can take a virtual tour. The 3D model can be printed, so you can feel this tree in the palm of your hand. Great souvenir!
Azores olive tree, GreeceYou can stay in Crete for the second tree in this list. The ancient olive tree Azores, just outside Kavousi, is a +/- 3,250 year old gem. The circumference of the boot at a height of 0.8 metres is 14.2 metres! The maximum diameter of the trunk at the base is 7.1 metres and the circumference is 22.1 metres. The crown of the tree has a maximum diameter of 8.5 metres and a circumference of 34.5 metres.
Noah's sisters, LebanonIn the village of Bechealeh بشعلي) ه) in northern Lebanon, you will find a group of sixteen olive trees. These 'sisters' are thought to be 6,000 years old. Locals say these trees are the source of the olive branch that brought the dove back to Noah after the flood (according to the Bible). Of course, this cannot be scientifically claimed, but it is a nice story to entertain local tourists. Noah's sisters are planted at an altitude of 1,300 metres. That makes them the highest planted olive trees. Did you know that these sisters are still producing olives
Al-Badawi tree, IsraelThe Al-Badawi tree in the village of Al-Walaja (Bethlehem district, Israel) is believed to be 4000 years old. Its boot has a circumference of 25 metres. This is incredible. In the towns of Deir Hanna and Arraba, you will also find 3,000-year-old olive trees. All the trees are still producing olives.
In the garden of Gethsemane you will find many old olive trees. Did Jesus weep in the shade of one of these trees Impossible to say. According to carbon dating, the oldest parts of the olive trees are at least 900 years old. And: olive trees can grow back from their roots after being cut down. \"We cannot rule out the possibility that there was an intervention to rejuvenate them when they were no longer productive or dried up.\" Professor Antonio Cimato told ABC News in 2012.
Do you want an old olive tree in your gardenIt is not possible to dig up a 2,000-3,000-year-old olive tree. These trees are protected and very fragile. However, it is possible to buy a 'younger' tree that is 500 to 1,000 years old. Finca Hermosa is a 550,000 m2 tree nursery in Spain. We have several important certificates. Finca Hermosa for example is both PPQS (Plant Production Quality System) and MPS certified. We do not only ship olive trees. Request a quote today!
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, the tree is estimated to be around 5,000 years old. It extends over 250 sq m, stretches to around 13 metres in height, and its roots extend some 25 meters into the earth.
From their experience of farming, Palestinians know that the older the tree, the better the quality and taste of the olives - and the olive oil they produce. The head of the governmental Palestinian Olive Oil Council, Fayyad Fayyad, tells MEE that, while the olives of the oldest tree are no different to those of other trees, research shows that the larger and older the tree, the richer the olive oil.
Fayyad says that the Israeli authorities, including both civil and military personnel, have visited the tree in the past, and that they took samples and measurements, which stirred fear among the families of Al-Walaja.
The trees face a double threat to their existence, with the Israeli army systematically cutting down trees and Jewish settlers regularly carrying out acts of violence, including vandalism, against Palestinian towns and fields.
Such attacks increase during the olive harvest season between the months of October and November. In June 2019, the UN documented the cutting down of close to 400 Palestinian-owned trees in the same area during one incident of property demolition by the Israeli army.
The residents of Al-Walaja also consider the tree to be a source of good luck and blessings. According to Abu Ali, women would collect its fallen leaves to protect them from the evil eye. Every year, families sacrifice their sheep during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in the shade of the tree.
The majority of trees from a Judean Mts. population and from one population from the Galilee showed close genetic similarity to scions of old cultivated trees. Different from that, site-specific and a high number of single occurrence MLLs were found in four olive populations from the Galilee and Carmel which also were genetically more distant from old cultivated trees, had relatively high genetic diversity values and higher numbers of private alleles. Whereas in two of these populations MLL7 (and partly MLL1) were found in low frequency, the two other populations did not contain these MLLs and were very similar in their genetic structure to suckers of old cultivated olive trees that originated from sexual reproduction.
The genetic distinctness from old cultivated olive trees, particularly of one population from Galilee and one from Carmel, suggests that trees at these sites might represent wild var. sylvestris. The similarity in genetic structure of these two populations with the suckers of old cultivated trees implies that wild trees were used as rootstocks. Alternatively, trees at these two sites may be remnants of old cultivated trees in which the scion-derived trunk died and was replaced by suckers. However, considering landscape and topographic environment at the two sites this second interpretation is less likely.
The domestication of crop species started 13,000 to 10,000 years before present by gradual selection of desirable traits and of adaptations to agricultural environments . Such artificial selection of individual plants with desirable traits, e.g., high yield, large fruits, loss of shattering seeds, etc., had an artificial selection effect which resulted in genetic differences between crops and their wild ancestors, both in coding and neutral regions of the genome. However, the long co-existence of crops alongside their wild relatives provided opportunities for hybridization, leading to gene flow between the diverging gene pools. Gene flow between cultivated plants and their wild ancestors has been demonstrated in woody species cultivated for their edible fruits such as almonds (Prunus dulcis and P. orientalis) , grapes (Vitis vinifera subsp. vinifera and V. vinifera subsp. sylvestris) [3, 4] and apples (Malus domestica and M. sylvestris) . In addition to gene flow, dispersal of seeds from cultivated trees into natural surroundings can result in feral populations of natural aspect , as shown for several plants introduced to Australia, including Olea europaea [7, 8]. Both these processes can result in substantial difficulties when trying to identify populations as truly wild.
It is generally accepted that the cultivated olive Olea europaea subsp. europaea var. europaea originated from wild var. sylvestris (Mill) Lehr by artificial selection from wild populations . Recently, analysis of plastid DNA diversity among 1,263 supposedly wild olive trees from 108 localities across the Mediterranean area and 534 cultivars suggested that the north Levant (i.e., the area close to the Syrian/Turkish border) was the primary domestication centre of olives . However, one of the earliest indications of the use of olives and possibly also of its cultivation was found in the south