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Fragrant Tea Olive

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Ships May 31st, 2016

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-t- Planting Mix
Fragrant Tea Olive Planting Mix

Helps your Fragrant Tea Olive get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocketâ„¢ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-10

Growing Zones 7-10 This plant is recommended for zones: 7-10
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Osmanthus fragrans

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If you've been searching for a slow growing tree that gives off an unforgettable fragrance, look no further than the Tea Olive Tree.

With its slow but steady growth, this dense evergreen can be pruned into a hedge or shrub, providing an effective and decorative screen. Or, if you prefer, let it grow into a mature tree and eventually it will achieve heights of 20 feet.

The glossy, green leaves serve as the perfect backdrop to dainty, white flowers that will bloom both late in the fall and early in the spring. And when they do, get ready for the sweet, memorable scent that has made the Tea Olive Tree a favorite among landscape designers the world over. Like a combination of gardenia and jasmine, your Tea Olive will thrill each season as it delivers a unique and memorable fragrance that will carry throughout your garden and beyond.

Amazing Fragrance without the Hassle

With a scent so permeating and wonderful, you'd think the Tea Olive would be a handful when it comes to care. Think again.

Plant your Tea Olive in a sunny spot with soil that isn't too sandy and place it on auto pilot. This hardy tree will only require the occasional pruning necessary to achieve your required height and shape. Aside from that it's a disease-resistant specimen that can withstand harsh winter temps down to 10 degrees.

Line your walkway or even place them in containers on your deck or patio to surround yourself with the distinctive aroma that only the Tea Olive Tree can deliver.

Whether for its striking beauty or incomparable fragrance, order yours today and let the memories of the coming seasons begin.

Customer Reviews

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I purchased this plant for the first time.I was looking for a more interesting evergreen choice.It arrived in great condition,but I wasn't sure it would survive a NJ winter.The first was one blizzard after another,the second,very mild.The tea olive has doubled in height,has new leaves fairly often and I look forward to enjoying it's fragrance before long.Much hardier than I would have imagined (just like the frost proof gardenia)
December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
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So Fragrant for Such Small Flowers
We have had our 5 shrubs for 2-3 years. They are not a fast growing plant, but that's alright with me. What we love is they bloom pretty much on and off all year - even when it's cold and foggy. We live in the Central San Joaquin Valley in California and it gets cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summertime. The blooms are very small but their fragrance is huge, and the scent carries a long way. Ours don't seem to need a huge amount of water, but what we did find out is: 4 of ours are watered with the grass, but we did not water very much this last summer because of the drought, but we also have 1 on a drip line, and while it does not get very much water at a time, it is consistent and that one is 3-4 times the size of the others. The fragrance to me is a cross between a rose scent and a fresh peach. WONDERFUL!

Martha C.
December 4, 2014
over 4 years ago
I discover that they need to be plenty of water.When water is not enough leaves are triangular and dark green, with abundant water leaves turn rounded, geen get lighter and brilliant and plant grow double. :
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
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My First Tea Olive
This is the first time I have had this type of tree.I have planted in a large pot to keep outside. It has done amazingly well in the few months I have planted it. Tremendous fast growth of new leaves. Seems hardy. I live in Northern FL (growing group 8). Our winters are quirky at best some winters mild others.. well we have had snow. I am planning on wrapping the plant on freeze warning nights and hope for the best
November 2, 2014
1 year ago
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amazing plant
this plant was sent to a friend who just lost her husband.... upon receipt she did as instructions said and planted it... very soon after planting, it bloomed...she took it as a sign...
she is so very happy to have this tea olive plant and often sits in her garden now....
January 10, 2015
1 year ago
Beautiful tree adapting well to our harsh conditions. Live in south Texas and temps already in the 90's and very little rain. Had it less than a year and so far so good.
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
My Tea Olive came perfectly wrapped & healthy. The plant was much larger than I had expected, which was a double-treat. It's now end of Sept. and there are several small flowers on it. I may purchase another in the spring.
September 25, 2014
1 year ago
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Nice Plants
They arrived well packed and healthy and they have done well since I planted them. They seem deer resistant too! A good purchase and I look forward to watching them grow.
November 4, 2014
1 year ago
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Growing it indoors
Our friends in China grow small trees in their apartments, so we're trying the same thing with this one. So far, so good. The blossoms smelled wonderful!
July 24, 2015
1 year ago
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Tea Olive
I first ordered one because I wasn't familiar with the shrub. As soon as it arrived I saw how nice it was and it was able to hold up in our heat, I immediately ordered a second one. Very pleased with my selection, think most anyone would be as well.
October 29, 2014
1 year ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Fragrant Tea Olive

Fragrant Tea Olive Planting Diretions Your Fragrant Tea Olive will thrive in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. For a hedge place your Fragrant Tea olives about 4 feet apart and their foliage will fill in.

Fragrant Tea Olives prefer slightly acidic soil but will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sand or heavy in clay. If your soil is extra sandy mix in some potting soil prior to planting. Let your soil dry to the touch about three inches down in between waterings.

Every Spring fertilize your Fragrant Tea Olive with a well balanced fertilizer. We recommend Formula 10-10-10 or 16-4-8. Fragrant Tea Olives bloom multiple times a year around. Their blooms might be small but their fragrance is huge!

Questions & Answers

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Because of the fragrance and plants/ trees for privacy along a new fence in yard
JoAnn D on Apr 19, 2016
Beautiful scent and drought resistant
Carol T on Apr 17, 2016
Because of the fragrance and plants/ trees for privacy along a new fence in yard
JoAnn D on Apr 19, 2016
need 2 exact items. hopefully this will grow
Doris K on Apr 18, 2016
Beautiful scent and drought resistant
Carol T on Apr 17, 2016
The fragrant scent of the tree.
SIGRID A on Apr 16, 2016
Beautiful Smell. Introduced to me by my best friend.
Myia B on Apr 3, 2016
paulette g on Mar 26, 2016
Fragrance. I have a mock orange, that was given to me and I love the fragrance when I'm sitting in the yard.
Candy D on Mar 22, 2016
Kelli G on Mar 16, 2016
Great reviews and the fact that it has a distinct odor was appealing.
Richard C on Mar 14, 2016
Fragrance. To set around our patio
Gina T on Mar 12, 2016
Sharon G on Mar 1, 2016
One of my favorite trees in China!
Dianna L on Feb 29, 2016
Fragrant tea olive is very common in my hometown, Shanghai. Love Love Love the smell!
Yanjuan G on Feb 21, 2016
Because of the strong smell
Midge H on Feb 2, 2016
memorial tree
deyanira R on Jan 20, 2016
Birthday gift for my mom!
Peggy R on Dec 28, 2015
i like the sent from these also.
Richard C on Dec 26, 2015
Cheryl and Tom B on Dec 15, 2015
I've been Looking for Kinmokusei (Osmanthus). I'm hoping this is the same plant.
Yuko S on Dec 13, 2015
Shery E on Nov 21, 2015
I love fragrant plants, shrubs & trees.
Nuzhat C on Nov 7, 2015
Love the fragrance
Teresa on Oct 24, 2015
We were thrilled to see this beautiful tree and look forward to the promised fragrance!! We have a special place in our yard to plant it and hope to enjoy it for years.
Ellen P on Oct 23, 2015
My son just got back from a visit to China and encountered this tree there. He can't stop talking about the fragrance! So I have to try growing one too.
Maria B on Oct 11, 2015
I grew up in a small city full of this kind of tree. The smell of the flower brings me the memories of my childhood.
MICHELLE K on Oct 8, 2015
This was a very healthy plant and is doing GREAT in my yard.
cynthia v on Oct 4, 2015
for its beauty and fragrance
Urvashi B on Sep 22, 2015
Love the smell!
Qi L on Sep 22, 2015
I have three of these wonderfully smelling trees and need 3 more for the area. They really do smell great and look great too!
Brian S on Sep 20, 2015
Never had one, looks very unique and we hope to enjoy fragrance for years to come
Wade K on Sep 6, 2015
The tree is fragrant and easy to maintain
Kulanthaivelu R on Aug 31, 2015
I visited my son in South Carolina and as I approached his house I noticed a very sweet aroma. It took me a while to figure out where it was coming. It was the shrubs leading up to the house. I've never forgot that sweet aroma and had to have it at my house.
Stacy Y on Aug 26, 2015
The video was impressive and helpful.
Dj Mark on Aug 24, 2015
need 2 exact items. hopefully this will grow
Doris K on Apr 18, 2016
The fragrant scent of the tree.
SIGRID A on Apr 16, 2016
will this plant live in zone 10 on the North side of the house?
Kathy S on Feb 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is some disagreement as to exactly where this plant is hardy, and many give it zone 10 and even 11 as suitable for growing it. We list is as zone 7-9 to be on the safe side, but I think you will probably be able to grow this wonderful plant on the cooler, shaded north side of your house. Just be sure to not let it dry out in hot, dry spells.
If I bought a 3 gallon, what size container should I use?
ann marie s on Jul 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You should use a pot that's three time larger than the root ball on the plant. An 8 gallon pot would probably work fine.
When do I trim it?
Travis M on Mar 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Tea Olives grow in a nice, uniform shape, so many people do not prune theirs. However, if you need to shape your plant or reduce its size, branch tips should be cut back in late winter or early spring. If you want to keep it the size it is , you can pinch back the new growth in early summer with hand pruners, but don't remove too much new growth as these twigs produce flowers later in fall and winter. To remove old, diseased or broken branches,you can prune any time of year.
HI, I received my Olive Tea Tree (1 gallon) a week ago. Can I plant my Olive Tea Tree indoor in a container? How big of a container should I use? Please advise. Thank you,
helen h on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! I planted mine in a container and it has been doing very well! I live in Ohio and move it in and out of my sunroom for the winter. I have had it for 2 years and so far so good!
Will this plant grow in zone 10 on the North side of a house?
Kathy S on Feb 16, 2015
Can I keep it in a pot and keep it indoor in winter? I live in Zone 4 to 5.
Ami B on May 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: yes, you can grow it in a pot. It will need more care than one grown in the garden, of course. The pot and potting medium must have good drainage, and do not water until the top 2-3 inches of the medium are dry. When you bring it inside for the winter, be sure it has as much light as possible,; it would help if, in the spring and in the late fall, you bring the pot outdoor during the day to a sunny spot, and then leave it outdoors all the time as soon as heavy frots are done.Fertilize only during the summer, when active growth is occurring, and before bringing in your pot for winter, you will need to leach out the excess fertilizer by letting water trickle through your pot for 3-4 hours. It takes some work, but this plant is well worth growing!
Can this Tea Olive tree be grown in a pot - outside in spring-fall, and brought inside for winter (in zone 6)? Or can it be grown exclusively indoors?
Tisha H on Aug 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes Fragrant Tea Olives do very well in pots. Just keep them by a sunny window indoors, and it would be best to take them outside during warm days.
Approximately how tall is the 3 gallon tree?
Kim S on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We purchased and planted ours quite some time ago, but, from what I remember at soil level about 15"-18".
does it have long roots if planted by a house or electrical box will hurt the object planted next to? What is the root system like on this tree?
Suzanne E on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: With the Frangrant Tea Olive the roots are not a problem so you would be fine planting it next to the house or an electrical box.
What does partial shade mean? How would it do in a morning scattered sun in a slightly wooded area? We occasionally get weather worse than 10 degrees. I have lost gardenia shrubs. I live in central Virginia. I want evergreens to brighten up winter.
Larry on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Partial shade is less than 4 hours of sunlight a day. The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
I live in 07078 zip code, will i have any chance of using this plant?
Lucas B on Sep 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The recommended growing zones for the Fragrant Tea Olive are 7-9 and you are located in zone 6. There have been people who have had success growing plants outside of their growing zone, however, we cannot put a guarantee of a warranty on it.
When is a good time to prune a Tea Olive?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Early spring.
Is there something like that that would survive zone 5?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Not that I know of. However, the Sweetbay Magnolia has a similar scent.
Are the leaves always green or do they have that silvery color?
Susan H on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine stays mainly green, not that much silvery leave. I have it in a part shade/somewhat mostly sun, depending on the time of year. North side of the house, behind my fire place wall. I did the recommended planting, with peat moss mix, loamy soil and feed it at times. Mine has grown at least a foot in a year and a half and is going crazy this year. Very happy with my Tea Olive. Smells good too.
What is the growth rate of tea trees?
Lynne P on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Well so far pretty slow. About 2 inches in 20 months. This is the second year and they lived thru a dry year so may take off soon
what months does the tea olive produce flowers and how long do they last?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We live in zone 9 in California and ours bloom pretty much on and off all year long. Our temps get down into the 20's and can get into the teens. Even in the winter when it's cold and foggy, they will still bloom and it's wonderful to smell them since everything else is pretty much asleep for the winter. Small blooms but huge scent.
Martha C.
Is the Fragrant Tea Olive toxic to cats?
Alex F on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't know the answer and have no cats to worry about, but if I did, I would Google the question. There are at least six authoritative plant information sources that I can query on the web, and I recommend that your consult a few of them to find the answer., or else contact the South Carolina Agriculture Department..Tea olives are well-known plants in gardens there.
Where can tea olive shrubs grow well?
Nancy P on Jan 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Will this plant grow in a shady location?
Jezia on Aug 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe it will grow in a shady location. It seemed to like being treated like a gardenia and getting morning sun rather than the hotter afternoon sun. However, try to place it where you will be able to enjoy the wafting of the fragrant blooms!
Is it deer resistant?
Tina S on Oct 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Deer have never bothered my Tea Olive.
I live in Zone 8. When would be the best time to plant a tea olive?
A shopper on Sep 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Early fall is a great time to get them in the ground and established before winter.
What is the average growth rate of tea trees?
Lynne P on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They grow 4" -12" per year.
Hello, I live in NW Florida and have a tea olive that has not bloomed at all this year and does not seem to have any bloom coming on. What can I do to help it for the fall?
Kelly O on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the soil is slightly acidic, and kept fairly moist (not wet), and the plant is in a sunny location, it just might need fertilizer. A 10-10-10 fertilizer was recommended to me.
My Tea Olive tree is dropping leaves. Why? Not enough water?
MICHELLE K on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it could be that its not getting the proper amount of water. Water regularly in the first year after planting. Wait until the top 3 inches of soil dry out before watering again. Once established, water the plant with 1 inch of water a week. Soon after the first year your tea olive will become drought-tolerant and only need water during extended droughts.
Can I plant the sweet olive close to my house?
Linda on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes I would plant at least 4 feet away from a structure.
Does this tree produce olives?
Anne N on Sep 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No it does not. Just wonderful smelling flowers.
when is the best time to plant this tree in western Washington?
Luanne L on Sep 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Check with the USDA Agricultural Agent in your county or the Sunset Western Garden Book (which has planting/growing information for all the western regions). I live in Southern California and planted my osmanthus two years ago. So far my Tea Olive is doing well (putting out new leaves and flowers) despite our continuing drought and many summer and fall days with temperatures over 100 that have stressed it. In my area we plant in the fall (October-November) to take advantage of winter rains and cooler weather. So far with deep watering about every ten days, and the ability to outgrow the sun scorched leaf damage, my osmanthus has shown that it will eventually become the plant I envisioned. Western Washing would probably be a kinder climate for this species.
I live in zone 9a, is that too hot or humid?
dragonfly on Jul 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. So you are in a good area.
For those of us who live in central Virginia (Richmond/Zone 7), once in a blue moon, the temps can dip below 10. How best should we protect our planted fragrant tea olive?
Laurie on Apr 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When the temperatures do drop particularly low I would just make sure that it is heavily mulched to protect the root structure. Make sure when doing so that you live about two inches around the trunk to allow for air circulation.
I am in zone 10, can you grow tea olive? Thanks!!
Junjie C on Apr 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this plant should thrive in your area.

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