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The delicious fragrance of this shrub is unmistakable and carries quite a distance away. The scented blooms return repeatedly throughout the year, but are most striking in late winter when most gardens are dormant. The more you neglect Tea Olive, the more it tries to please you. Plant it most anywhere and you will be spellbound.

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Fragrant Tea Olive

Perfume for your Garden

Size:  3 Gallon

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $73.95
Sale: $49.55
6 at $47.07 each
Size:  1 Gallon

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $29.95
Sale: $20.07
6 at $19.07 each
Planting Mix for Shrubs and Hedges
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.

Soil Contents
Sale: $9.35
TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $20.07
Fragrant Tea Olive
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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 need nutrition.

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

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $6.00

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.




Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 10 ft.
Mature Width: 6-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Osmanthus fragrans
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Fragrant Tea Olive

Specific Directions for Fragrant Tea Olive

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!

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Fragrant Tea Olive.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Fragrant Tea Olive gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Fragrant Tea Olive again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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. :
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December 31, 2012
2 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.
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September 25, 2014
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
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.
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
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)
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
Not What I Expected
My tree looks nothing like the photos and has little to no smell. I am definitely dissapointed but it is green and fills a space in my yard so I will keep it. My tree is growing straight up with all the branches still looking like they are bound together from shipping. All branches grow straight up and none are growing outward. I have had a few flowers but they do not smell very strong. Not sure what all the hype was over this tree unless I just got a dud.
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September 20, 2014
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
Fragrant Tea Olive
Has not grown a lot, have in a pot to bring in for winter. No fragerance really.
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September 8, 2014
4 months ago
It's a nice tree.
The tree is pretty small, but looks good. Not sure if it will have flowers in next spring. I like it anyway.
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September 5, 2014
4 months ago
Not cold hardy
Despite its being enclosed in a protective "shrub bag," my 18-inch (1 gallon) fragrant tea olive did not survive the winter. The plant's growing zones are given as "7-9." My area (New York City) is classified as either zone 7 or 6B.

In fairness, I also had a windmill palm tree for 5 years, and it, too, despite being enclosed in a similar protective winter bag, did not survive that same winter.
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September 4, 2014
4 months ago
I have been in love with Sweet Olivia for over 8 years. I can smell them immediately their scent is so wonderful. I have several in my yard and they don;'t require fancy upkeep, just let them gro
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December 31, 2012
beautiful fragrance, slow growing and a bit of dieback on 1st, need to keep in protected site (zone 7), but ordered a second
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
My tree is so beautiful and the fragrance is intoxicating. I picked the dead heads of and got a ton more flowers. Luv this I will be buying more in future.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
I bought these because I wanted something unusual. Most hedges in our area are laurel, rhody, mock orange, etc. The flowers smell lovely. When I purchased, the information on Fast Growing Trees said they grew 2-3 feet a year. That's no longer mentioned. The updated information states they're slow growers. Bummer. My husband especially wanted a hedge ""yesterday"". So I have to constantly talk them up a bit. Two also have leaves that crinkle and don't seem to thrive. They're lovely however, and out of ten plants that shipped, only two are affected.
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December 31, 2012
4 years ago
This one has been doing okay for me. I had it for almost a year, and it has not changed much
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
Just received my Fragrant Tea Olive plants today...packaged very well, received very healthy and am looking forward to planting them in their new home this evening!Thank you Fast Growing Trees
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
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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: You can plant in a large (at least 20in) container but it may not do as well as if it were in the ground. We planted ours in a container for the back porch and it did ok for a year then got root tangle and died. I bought three for my Mom in Baltimore and she planted them in full sun outside. They are growing fast and are beautiful!
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Approximately how tall is the 3 gallon tree?
Kim S on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I bought several of these a couple of years ago and was very impressed with the plant. My recollection is that were about 2 ft or 2 1/2 ft when I received and planted them, They have grown quickly and well, almost completing a shrub border. The smell is heavenly. Enjoy tremendously.
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Is there something like that that would survive zone 5?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: I am in northeast Arkansas in zone 7. We had a very severe winter, and my teaolive was bitten back a lot. It will live, but I've had to cut it back considerably. I think you are too far north to grow one.
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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.
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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.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 16, 2014
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what months does the tea olive produce flowers and how long do they last?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: I am in climate zone 7 and have 2 of these shrubs,.one is in the foundation plantings and it faces south and gets reasonable watering. It has grown well since it is about 8 feet tall. However it has never bloomed. I have no idea why. The second was newly planted last fall along the driveway away from the house in full sun and good soil with good watering. It bloomed lightly in the fall and then over our sever winter was killed almost all the way to the ground. It is coming back but I don't think it will bloom again soon. Hope this helps.
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The area that I would like to plat the tea olive plant is getting a lot of rain water . Is tea olive sensitive to too much moisture?
Amir A on Oct 15, 2014
Best Answer: Our tea plant has been turned into a Bonsai feature that is in a pot so I am afraid that I can't really help. We water regularly but Bonsai soil is fairly porous so drains quickly.
Reply · Report · Theodora W on Oct 16, 2014
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does draw insects, birds or anminals?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2014
Best Answer: No, it doesn't seem to attract anything where we live, probably because they aren't native to the US. In fact, in some parts of South Asia the flowers are used to *repel* insects.
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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: I actually planted mine into large containers to use on my entry porch. Unfortunately I failed to being them inside when we had a very hard fteexe and I lost them. Has I planted rh into the ground I would still have them.y mother had one planted outside her bedroom window and about 3 feet from the foundation. It was there for years and though the home was sold 15 years ago, the current owner still has it planted the roots never crowded any of the other landscape other than when the lower limbs were not trimmed back and crowded the other foliage of plants next to it. Hope this helps!
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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.
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can the tea olive grow well indoors in Montana?
christmas angel on Aug 28, 2014
Best Answer: Yes Fragrant Tea Olive grow very well in pots, and indoors as long as they get at least six hours of sunlight a day. Place your Tea Olive by a large sunny window.
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When is a good time to prune a Tea Olive?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2014
Best Answer: Early spring.
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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.
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I had just submit an order fur the 3gall sweet tea olive. I am not sure if the order was sent or not. There is no acknowledgement please let me know if you have received my order?
Florence H on Oct 23, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.