A friend of mine cherished the visits from his grandchildren, but worried that the younger ones would eventually forget about their time together.
He wanted to create memories that would outlive him. He's a big believer that smells make a stronger impact than sights or sounds.
So he started looking for a flowering shrub that would give a unique fragrance that would be associated with his home only. Fragrant Tea Olive became his answer.
Osmanthus Fragrans, better known as Fragrant Tea Olive, produce small white blooms that pack a punch. Some describe it as a rose scent, others as gardenia and still others as jasmine.
These unusually scented flowers come on in late winter, signaling the beginning of spring, then bloom sporadically during the summer. For an encore, the Fragrant Tea Olive puts on a show again in the fall.
This isn't a flower you have to bury your nose in to smell. Some customers have said they can smell a row of Tea Olives from up to 100 feet away!
Plant them near your entryway, windows or patio. On breezy days let the refreshing fragrance fill your home.
Cut off a few branches for your kitchen, car, and office.
This strong scent attracts the usual summertime characters of hummingbirds and butterflies.
Plant the Fragrant Tea Olive in rows 4-5 feet apart to create a lush, thick privacy hedge. Other great planting ideas include planting at or near foundations, specimen plantings within flower beds, or in natural areas.
Adapts to any soil and thrives on neglect. Plant several for even greater fragrance.
These will quickly become your favorite plants.
Tea Olives are long-lived, but grow slowly. This is why we send out larger sizes. This way you don't have to wait a year or more before you can start enjoying them.
We recommend that you order now while bigger sizes are still available.
Growing Zones: 7-9
Full - Partial
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This plant grows in zones: 7-9 (shaded area above)
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Hi there! Pam here, with the Fragrant Tea Olive. They have a wonderful fragrance about them. We receive more letters and comments about these plants. I think it brings back memories of people's childhood, or often customers will visit Savannah or Charleston, South Carolina and we'll receive a call saying they have to have one of these.
They're very unusual. Not a lot of people know about them. And you can actually smell their fragrance up to 100 feet away. They bloom twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, so you get to enjoy that wonderful fragrance and the beautiful blooms. They're evergreen, so you can plant them in a hedge. They're very hardy. They're disease and pest resistant. And these have a well-developed root system so they will bloom this season and you will surely enjoy having this plant in your yard. It's a great addition to any landscape.
Fragrant Tea Olive can be planted any time of year!
We try to avoid plants being in transit over the weekend, this is why we ship all orders at the beggining of the week. You will receive a tracking email from FedEx when your order has been shipped.
Most products are shipped throughout the year unless specified as “Spring” or “Fall” Delivery. On rare occasions, we will delay shipping if we see severe weather forecasts for your area or ours or if we encounter other unusual issues. If you do have a delayed item, we would be happy to send your other items sooner at your request.
If you would like to postpone or reschedule your ship date, just call us and we can send your plants out at a more convenient time for you.
If you are sending plants as a gift or need them quicker than normal, we encourage you to place your order by phone at 888-504-2001.
Sorry cannot ship to AZ.
Amount of Order
Less than $15
It's Easy to Plant your Fragrant Tea Olive
Step 1 - Dig Your Hole Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Fragrant Tea Olive. If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the trees where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen. 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 Tree
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 tree 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 tree to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips or pine needles also help to better soil structure as they decompose.
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