The Complete Guide for Sevillano Fruiting Olive (Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’) Care

The Sevillano Fruiting Olive, otherwise known as the Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ or Holly Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’, Holly Olive ‘Goshiki’, Chinese Holly ‘Goshiki’, False Holly ‘Goshiki’, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low to average maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its dark green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Sevillano Fruiting Olive Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

The fundamental caring guidelines for every Sevillano Fruiting Olive can be summed up into the following:

  • Water: The Sevillano Fruiting Olive needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.
  • Light: Keep your Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Sevillano Fruiting Olive in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Sevillano Fruiting Olive is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Olea europaea 'Sevillano' tree

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive belongs to the Oleaceae family, the genus Osmanthus and the species Heterophyllus, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ (OH-lee-a yoo-ROH-pee-ah).

As with other Osmanthus’s, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.

Growing Region

The Sevillano Fruiting Olive is a plant native to the Japan, Korea and China.

You might be wondering why your Sevillano Fruiting Olive’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 7 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

Growth and Size


In terms of size and growth, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.


But, how big does the Sevillano Fruiting Olive actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…

The Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ can grow up to 5′ – 10′ (150cm – 3m) in 5′ – 10′ (150cm – 3m) and 4′ – 8′ (120cm – 240cm) in 4′ – 8′ (120cm – 240cm). 

These dimensions make the Sevillano Fruiting Olive a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 48″ – 96″ (120cm – 240cm) free so the Sevillano Fruiting Olive can spread to its best extent.


In terms of watering, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive is a fairly simple plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Olea europaea 'Sevillano' care


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Sevillano Fruiting Olive in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Sevillano Fruiting Olive then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Sevillano Fruiting Olive needs or does not need water, every time.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).


Being an evergreen plant, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive will be present year round in your garden.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.


You can expect your Sevillano Fruiting Olive to flower around the fall months from October to December (fall).

The Sevillano Fruiting Olive produces some beautiful white, or white flowers around this time of year.


The leaves from the Sevillano Fruiting Olive have a beautiful dark green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

Olea europaea 'Sevillano' fruits

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Sevillano Fruiting Olive is well known for its tolerance to clay soil, drought and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ will be fine.


How should you then organize your garden to include your new Sevillano Fruiting Olive? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.

Most Olea Europaea ‘Sevillano’ owners agree that this shrub will look great in most mediterranean and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of gravel and rock garden, city and courtyard, coastal garden, and in informal and cottage styles. 

In particular, the Sevillano Fruiting Olive’s best location within your garden is in hedges and screens, beds and borders, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a container, specimen, coastal exposure, kitchen garden, or a topiary.

Companion Plants

Sevillano Fruiting Olive’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Rosmarinus, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Lavandula will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!


Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Sevillano Fruiting Olive, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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