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Fragrant Tea Olive

Osmanthus fragrans


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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 Rocket™ 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
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


4 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Osmanthus fragrans

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Perfume for your Garden

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.

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Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
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)
January 1, 2013
over 6 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 5 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. :
January 1, 2013
over 5 years 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
over 2 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
over 2 years 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
over 2 years 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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 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
over 2 years 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
over 2 years 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
over 2 years ago
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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!

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Looking forward to getting this tree, I hope it smells wonderful!
melinda n on Apr 24, 2017
This tree is fragrant and good ever green .
Pan H on Apr 20, 2017
Looking forward to getting this tree, I hope it smells wonderful!
melinda n on Apr 24, 2017
Like the smell.
xiaoyun w on Apr 23, 2017
This tree is fragrant and good ever green .
Pan H on Apr 20, 2017
Grew up with it in California and still remember the sweet fragrance. I used to dry them and add them to green teas or desserts. Brings back many beautiful memories.
Sue B on Apr 17, 2017
Having these at our previous home we bought 3 for this home and needed one more to work around our circular patio. we love the fragrance these plants emit in the fall. Like having a sweet perfume misting our yard
Joan O on Apr 13, 2017
joanne h on Apr 13, 2017
Julie V on Apr 11, 2017
I want to add a fragrant bush/tree to the front of my house .I think this will do it .
Sue A. P on Apr 9, 2017
Luv fragrant
Linda H on Apr 4, 2017
The smell is delicious and I have other Tea Olives that have grown very well. Also, I have need for some coverage between my house and the street.
Beth V on Apr 4, 2017
I had 2 in Arkansas and loved them. There is no place in Tulsa that sells them.
JEANA G on Apr 3, 2017
My friend bought these and bragged about the fragrance.
Sherri T on Mar 30, 2017
sonia d on Mar 30, 2017
Fragrant and hardy
Cynthia C on Mar 28, 2017
I had one of these at my previous home. The fragrance from this shrub is AMAZING! It lasted for weeks twice a year. Had to have it at my new home!!
Jeff F on Mar 26, 2017
Currently have one, and it's a great plant. Need another to complete the front flower bed.
Renee B on Mar 25, 2017
I heard it can fill my backyard of sweet frangant
Kalid A on Mar 21, 2017
Liked the description about smell of flowers. Hoping its all you say it is. If so will order more to accent walk-way.
Patricia R on Mar 13, 2017
It pushed our order into free shipping, and has done very well on our balcony.
Milford S on Mar 13, 2017
I just bought there for myself last month and they are very beautiful plant and smells great
I'm buying this for my sister she wanted one too.
Karen R on Mar 12, 2017
Looking for a fragrant plant
Rebecca S on Mar 11, 2017
My mother had one.
Deborah T on Mar 6, 2017
the fragrance is amazing
Linda W on Mar 1, 2017
it growing very slow (almost no grow during the first year) but it is alive.
J Z on Feb 27, 2017
I was looking for a fragrant tree or bush or flower to be naturally smelled around my house,then I found this kind,will try this one
Arlene B on Feb 27, 2017
I love fragrance
Susan G on Feb 27, 2017
Never heard of this plant. Looks lovely and need some plants for my patio.
Vanda M on Feb 26, 2017
Have several planted and others in pots. They are low maintenance and the fragrance is heavenly.
Margaret H on Feb 23, 2017
Trying to create a fragrant hedge and buffer between cranky neighbor!
Mary M on Feb 21, 2017
It's beautiful... Italian looking
Patti` K on Feb 18, 2017
I was impressed with the description and all the great comments about this shrub. I'm also looking for an unusual shrub to use in a container.
Pearlie C on Feb 16, 2017
I have one, and IT is super! It has even grown during our few wks of dormancy. What a beautiful scent! I need to cover a white
vinyl privacy fence, that needs to be covered. Frgnt Tea Olice will be great.
Gerri F on Feb 7, 2017
The smell of these flowers just remind me of New Orleans, and growing up, and riding the streetcar uptown with the scent of sweet olive in the air.
cathy w on Feb 5, 2017
Recommended by neighbor who loves hers - and it's in blossom now (2/4) here in S. Carolina
Carol P on Feb 4, 2017
The short video sold me. Looking forward for the fragrance you alll mentioned.
Maria M on Feb 3, 2017
I love the smell.
Norma G on Feb 2, 2017
Larisa K on Jan 22, 2017
need trees to take up grass space is front yard and did not over extent self to height of house.
ANDREA C on Dec 30, 2016
For fragrance outside the pool area
Philip M on Dec 15, 2016
Free shipping plus liked the reviews and have heard good things about these plants.
Vanessa S on Dec 14, 2016
Berenika K on Dec 13, 2016
These smell fantastic down South in the spring and fall, very easy to grow here. Put them on either side of the doorway entrance
Henry U on Dec 12, 2016
Because of the smell. Hope it's good like you said.
Dalvanice L on Dec 8, 2016
Hardy in my zone and great fragrance. ..
Tomas David R on Dec 5, 2016
I had fragrant olive treee when I grew up in China. Their scent is absolutely amazing ï¼?
Wenfang H W on Nov 29, 2016
We are trying this plant ut for our new deck
Jeff m on Nov 15, 2016
Daniel C on Nov 9, 2016
Description of product, appearance
Gary S on Oct 30, 2016
pretty, odd, fragrant, and beautiful
Richard R on Oct 12, 2016
foundation planting - evergreen, fragrant, leaf quality- nice contrast with our daylily and rose collection
Christine C S on Sep 27, 2016
Like the smell.
xiaoyun w on Apr 23, 2017
Grew up with it in California and still remember the sweet fragrance. I used to dry them and add them to green teas or desserts. Brings back many beautiful memories.
Sue B on Apr 17, 2017
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: I would start it off in a 7 gallon pot and you can work your way up. Eventually you can work up to a 15 gallon pot or larger if you would like.
Will this plant grow in zone 10 on the North side of a house?
Kathy S on Feb 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Both of our are on the Northwest side of our home and they seem happy.
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".
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.
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!
How big is the tree you send me?
Athena B on Mar 24, 2017
Is it deer resistant?
Tina S on Oct 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Deer have never bothered my Tea Olive.
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!
Can I grow Fragrant Tea Olive in Denver? Thanks!
Li X on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.
Can it take the heat in Redding Ca zone 9 and the cold 20 to 30 degrees?
Janice K on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Im in zone 9 as well, my 4 plants are doing very well. I found it is critical to plant immediately after shipmwnt is received. Regular watering and good drainage isimportant in first year
Does it drop leaves? I live in zone 9-10.
Deborah C on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in Florida on west coast central.....I have this tree in a large pot and it keeps the leaves all year, even during some freezing temperatures. some leaves over time fall off but overall it stays full with leaves.
When do u plant it?
Rosa M on Jul 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted it in the fall and think this might be best to give it a long time to get started before summer heat.
Has anyone kept this as a container inside the house (for northern dwellers who can't keep it outside year round)?
Judi J on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have been keeping this in the house when the temps outside are 40 or below and it is still doing well. It's a wonderful plant!
Can this plant be place inside I don't have outdoor space?
Jack Jack on Mar 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: will need some sun or day light. mine were a dismal failure; must be sensitive to soils that are
not ideal. Buy something that honey bees and butter flys love.
Can I plant it in the fall?
Karen W on Oct 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not see why not. May not flower first season?
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.
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.
Are the flowers are golden or white?
Kaity J on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They are white and in abundance!!!! The smell is wonderful!! Love this plant we bought 8 as a beautiful hedge. Easy to maintain and the smell goes all the way around my house to the back yard. Love it!!!
Can I grow the tea olive tree in the house?
Doris M. M on Nov 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine is outside in a large pot. I live in North Texas. It likes direct sunshine. I've moved mine around and I've noticed in the last several years that it does much better if it's out in the sun for a good 4 hours or more a day. So unless you have a very sunny spot for it, I'd say it's not a great house plant. In fact, without full direct sun it's not going to do well at all and I seriously doubt it will ever flower. The flowers really do smell great.
When is the best time to plant?
Rhonda B on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think the best time to plant this beautiful fragrant tea olive is late summer!
It requires at least 6 hours medium sun not direct! 2 times a year adding organic compost next to it makes it happy:) I hope that helps!
How far away from foundation walls should I plant it?
Pedro G on Sep 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: After 3 year I relocate the slow growing tea tree and had no more the 1.5 foot diameter( not radius) small roots

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