Project Description

Cultivar Profile

Sevillano Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Sevillano’ aka ‘Callosina,’ ‘Campanil,’ ‘Gordal Sevillana,’ ‘Picual,’ and ‘Villalonga’

Cultivar Profile

Sevillano Olive Tree

Olea europaea ‘Sevillano’ aka ‘Callosina,’ ‘Campanil,’ ‘Gordal Sevillana,’ ‘Picual,’ and ‘Villalonga’

Sevillano is a picturesque evergreen tree with small dark green leaves that give a willow-like, airy effect. It develops an open canopy and a graceful, gnarled trunk with age.

This cultivar produces large black olives with low to moderate oil content, well-suited for canning. It may be used as a pollinizer for Manzanillo and thrives in hot dry locations.

Specifications

Fruiting

Fruiting

Beautiful Waterwise Fruiting Specimen

Olive Oil

Sweet

The oil yield is very low although it is very sought after for canning. Sevillano has a mild but very fruity flavor.

Bloom

Summer

Inconspicuous, white flowers; prized for evergreen foliage and its fall fruit.

Country

Spain

Type

Tree, Single- and Multi-Trunk

Foliage

Dark Green Color

Growth

Moderate

Size

Can reach 30 ft. tall if given opportunity, 25 ft. wide canopy

Uses

Landscape and Commercial Use

Coastal Exposure, Container, Kitchen Garden, Specimen – Sevillano is deer resistant, has dramatic foliage color, and is easy to care for. It’s an ideal focal point in a Mediterranean style garden.

Zones

USDA 8 – 11, Sunset 3 – 24, 29, 30, 33

Hardiness

Hardy down 20 to 30 °F

Light

Full sun

Water

Once established, water occasionally.

Water more frequently in extreme heat or containers. Newly planted olive trees will require more water to establish.

Soil

Well-drained, nutrient poor soil

Light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils all acceptable. Olive trees prefer well-drained soil and even grow well in nutritionally poor soil. Hot, rocky locations. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.

Care

Thrives in most average, slightly alkaline, well-drained soils, but it is highly adaptable. More productive when planted near another olive variety. Arbequina’s do best planted near other olive trees. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Shelter young plants from winter extremes.

Due to its low oil content, it is only useful in pickling. Sevillano is used for making Sicilian style salt brine cured olives.

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