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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

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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:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and 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.


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Fragrant Tea Olive

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This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.


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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.




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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Yes... Your Fragrant Tea Olive can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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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.

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 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 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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By: Randolph Thompson
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!


By: Kirsten G.
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.

By: Thomas
This one has been doing okay for me. I had it for almost a year, and it has not changed much.

By: Moises Alanis
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.

By: Mary
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).

By: mariana guirola
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. :)

By: sarah mcwilliams
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.

By: esme'
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 grow


By: M
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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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.
Reply · Stacy M on Jun 1, 2014
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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.
Reply · Virginia W on Jun 19, 2014
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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: Hi: I can't say about a container as I planted mine outside facing east so it gets the hot afternoon sun, however, it get some shade from a nearby patio cover. It is now about 5x5 feet in 2 years so that should give you a clue about container size. I would wait until the roots fill the one gallon and then up it to two gallons, etc., if you don't plan on planting it, but I think it would do much better in the ground. Here in the hot desert, east facing is not the best but mine does well and blooms early in the spring and off and on until fall.
Hope this is not too much information.
Reply · Patricia H on May 31, 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.
Reply · geraldine o on Jul 19, 2014
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When is a good time to prune a Tea Olive?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2014
Best Answer: Early spring.
Reply · Edwin E on Jul 24, 2014
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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.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 9, 2014
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