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Fragrant Tea Olive

Osmanthus fragrans


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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 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
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breathe while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 10ft. x 20ft. size makes it easy to protect rows of plants all Winter long.


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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48 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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Why did you choose this?
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it growing very slow (almost no grow during the first year) but it is alive.
J Z on Feb 27, 2017
I love fragrance
Susan G on Feb 27, 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
lovely long lasting flowers and fragrance, nice background hedge
suzanne f on Sep 19, 2016
I heard it was a must in my garden and I definitely agree... They are blooming continually and I just got them this spring.
Jetta F on Sep 18, 2016
Linda R on Sep 14, 2016
love the fragrant
Qilu C on Sep 12, 2016
Just like fragrant flowers
JOHN L on Sep 6, 2016
looks nice.
YINGHONG S on Aug 30, 2016
I love fragrant plants in my garden.
Helen P on Aug 30, 2016
The little gem magnolia was out of stock
Lucinda C on Aug 26, 2016
Aroma and deer resistant
Alison P on Aug 22, 2016
The smell and the size
Claire H on Aug 20, 2016
For fragrance at front door.
Fontaine P on Aug 20, 2016
Fragrance fast growing unusual tree
Debbie H on Aug 12, 2016
sounds like a really nice plant to have
Tamara H on Aug 7, 2016
Fragrance, ease of growing, drought tolerance
Shari S on Jul 30, 2016
Scent :)
michelle r on Jul 28, 2016
good smell
Lisa Z on Jul 17, 2016

kathleen m on Jul 1, 2016
I like trees that give fragants
Fang L on Jun 30, 2016
never had a fragrant plant
Myla J on Jun 29, 2016
This is a birthday present and we have enjoyed the fragrance from our association with the tree during travels to other countries. This is a hearty grower that is almost maintenance free in climates such that Houston has to offer
Leonard D on Jun 26, 2016
Fragrant Tea Olive is my native flower. I am from Guizhou China.
Leila L on Jun 23, 2016
fragrance and how you can use it in any location
shirrel r on Jun 23, 2016
I like the smell of flower in the morning when I am walking around my garden while drinking tea.
Tam C on Jun 21, 2016
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
Never heard of this plant. Looks lovely and need some plants for my patio.
Vanda M on Feb 26, 2017
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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".
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Does this plant attract bees?
M G on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No we have never seen bees around the plant
My garden is moist all the time. will it live in those conditions?
Leslie N on May 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Assuming you are above the zone where it grows outside, it will be in a planter. And yes, it loved the humidity, although it didn't like to be watered too much. Outside, it pretty much thrived on neglect. It made it fine through two winters inside, but I let it die by not watering it. The one I ordered in 2014 was a gift to someone else... I am assuming it is OK! I have two corkscrew cypresses I got about 10 years ago that are gorgeous, 3 blue cypress, a stunning willow that is only three years old. A blossoming cherry too. I need to take pictures to send to FGT. All I know is that unless you do like me and forget you have plants for a couple of months, you will love the blossoming olive. Its scent is not at all overpowering, but it is WONDERFUL!
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!
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.
When do I plant in nj?
Judith V on Nov 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Spring and Fall is a good time for planting.

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