Also known as: LECCIO, PREMICE, SILVERSTONE
Area of origin: TUSCANY
TREE: The plant, a widely diffused oil variety, is vigorous with an open semi-pendulous habit. The crown is ample and expansive with many pendulous small branches which are curved at the tip. The leaves are of medium dimension, elliptical-lanceolate in shape and greenish-gray in color. The underside has a yellowish hue.
FRUIT: The drupe is of medium size (2 to 2.5 grams), ellipsoidal and slightly asymmetrical in shape with a rounded tip and flattened base. The maturation is early and simultaneous. The fruit is purple-black although purple green at the optimal picking time. It has a variable oil content of between 16 and 21%. The oil is good, mildly fruity and delicate.
AGRONOMY: The variety is self-sterile and so needs a pollinator, principally Pendolino or Maurino, although Frantoio and Maraiolo are also effective. It has good resistance to winds, fog, olive knot, fungus and peacock spot.
COMMENTS: This is a very rustic variety, widely planted throughout the world. The tree is quick to produce and resists well adverse climatic conditions and parasites. More recently it has been used for the production of table olives, semi-ripe or black.
Offered olive tree varietals by country of origin:
Bella di Cerignola
Nocellara del Belice
Lechin de Sevilla
Hills of Santa Cruz
Dolce di Morocco