Plant Diversity ›› 2011, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (5): 571-579.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2011.11077

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On the Suitable Regions for Olive (Olea europaea) Growing in China

 SHI  Zong-Ming-1, SUN  Wei-Bang-1   

  1. 1 Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China;
    2 Olive Production Office of  Wudu District, Longnan 746000, China; 3 Yunnan Promotion
    Center of Forestry Technology, Kunming 650224, China
  • Received:2011-05-09 Online:2011-10-25 Published:2011-07-05


Olive tree (Olea europaea) has been introduced into China for more than fifty years. Because of less knowledge about its unique ecological characteristics known by people in China during the early stage, its cropping has been occurred a rugged development. Based on the experience for about forty years of cultivation practice as well as the comparison and analysis about the climate between China and the Mediterranean region for olive growing, it can be concluded that the dry valleys in west China might be suitable areas for developing olive. The most potential regions for developing olive are the bailongjiang Valley in southern Gansu and the Jinshajiang (upper reach of Yangtze River)Valley in the northwestern Yunnan and the southwestern Sichuan.

Key words: Olea europaea, Suitable region, Ecological condition, Relative humidity, Precipitation, Total sunshine

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