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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
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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.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


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 10 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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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 7 years ago
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 6 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 6 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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 6 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 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Fragrant Tea Olive

Fragrant Tea Olive Planting Diretions

The Fragrant Tea Olive tree is an incredible evergreen with slow but steady growth. Plus it has an unforgettable fragrance makes it a great addition to your landscape or garden. Line your walkway or even place them in containers on your deck or patio and surround yourself with the distinctive aroma that makes the Fragrant Tea Olive Tree live up to its name.

Location: Before planting your Tea Olive in the ground, moisten the roots and set it in the shade for a few days. When you’re ready to plant, place your Fragrant Tea Olive tree in full sun to partial shade avoiding deep shade. Although clay, loam and sandy soil can accommodate your tree, try to choose a location with well-draining, slightly acidic soil.

Planting Instructions:
1) Dig a hole about as deep as the root ball and about twice as wide.
2) Set the tree in the hole, spreading out the roots over the surface of the hole.
3) Fill the hole in with a mixture of the original soil and any additional topsoil required. Eliminate any air pockets that may have formed by tamping down firmly.
4) Water the area until the top 3 inches of soil becomes moist but not soaked.
5) Spread a layer of mulch about 3 inches surrounding the base of the tree.  Keep the mulch at least a few inches away from the trunk to prevent pests from becoming a problem.
6) Fertilize the sweet olive in early spring before flowers bloom. Use an all-purpose dry fertilizer carefully following the directions on the package.  Spread the fertilizer around the circumference of the tree in a 4 inch layer.
7) Once your Tea Olive flowers, prune to desired shape or to control height and width. Remove no more than one-third of each branch unless removing the branch entirely to reduce crowding.

Watering: Water regularly in the first year after planting. Wait until the top 3 inches of soil dry out before watering again. Once established, water the plant with 1 inch of water a week. Soon after the first year your tea olive will become drought-tolerant and only need water during extended droughts.

Fertilization: Apply a complete fertilizer in early spring such as 10-10-10, preferably one with slow-release nitrogen and follow the directions on the packaging.

Pests: The Tea Olive is relatively problem free, but it can be susceptible to scale if conditions are poor. Disease problems are uncommon but may include bortryosphaeria canker, cercospora leaf spot, or anthracnose. Effective and economical treatments are available at your local home and garden center.

*Use a 5-inch layer of compost, peat moss or aged manure around the planting at a depth of 6 to 9 inches area to improve soil conditions.
*Avoid over-watering the sweet olive as it grows to discourage the growth of fungus.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Love this plant. Hoping it will grow to a small tree. Couldn't find it in my area. Thanks.
M D G on Nov 16, 2017
This little tree actually has a few flowers on it.
pat a on Nov 2, 2017
Love this plant. Hoping it will grow to a small tree. Couldn't find it in my area. Thanks.
M D G on Nov 16, 2017
I lost two young plants in Hurricane Irma and wanted to replace them and get a head start with larger plants. The fragrance is wonderful---without the musky, headachy undertones of many jasmines and dieffenbachia fragrans, and the neighbors are always enthusiastic. I highly recommend this plant!
Ann Burt S on Nov 6, 2017
This little tree actually has a few flowers on it.
pat a on Nov 2, 2017
flowers, scent
Laurie on Oct 30, 2017
I have one and it's very hardy and just wanted a couple more.
NELSON R on Oct 29, 2017
Trial as a fragrant patio tree
Richard F on Oct 22, 2017
Sounds interesting and the write up in Augusta journal
Frances W on Oct 19, 2017
For its beauty and fragrance
Joseph M B on Oct 9, 2017
Wanted something fragrant outside my bedroom door.
Roberta W on Oct 8, 2017
I liked the description of the tree and think it will be a good addition to the patio
Edward S on Oct 8, 2017
The reviews I read were all positive. I wanted Trees that would not grow too tall, but yet I would be able to do a little trimming if needed. I may put at least one in a container. Will see what I think as I am considering several lower trees for the property line with a nice view of hills and city lights. Also like the fact that these trees produce fragrant blossoms/leaves.
Carolyn C on Sep 30, 2017
I love the deep green shiny leaves and can't wait to find out how fragrance is.
Mary L on Sep 26, 2017
accent tree
Cori P on Aug 10, 2017
Good smell
Titipron R on Aug 2, 2017
Olga G on Aug 1, 2017
BC you can add the flowers to your tea and use a bit of skin of the tree for your soup...
Lin G on Jul 30, 2017
Beautiful plant, fragrant, and drought tolerant.
Eric / Monica P on Jul 27, 2017
This is the most amazing smell and its fragrance lasts for months.
Kathy S on Jul 24, 2017
Reminds me of Louisiana smells around the plantations.
Claudette G on Jul 20, 2017
To try it. Not familiar with it and am in a new home trying our what grows well and where. I am especially looking for evergreens that bloom.
Sheree P on Jul 13, 2017
nice odor
Nicholas P on Jul 9, 2017
I am looking forward to getting the Tea Olive plant the photo is very nice
Diane J on Jun 23, 2017
Lovely, amazing fragrance, good as a full sized dwarf tree or a dwarf bonsai.
Fussy Bucket on Jun 23, 2017
Sheena W on Jun 17, 2017
Bought this as a hedge for front yard. Beautiful fragrance makes a nice hedge that is easy to manage!!!
Cecile J on Jun 15, 2017
I live in zone 7, an ordered 2 Tea Olive shrubs this spring. They arrived fast, packing was great, an plants were very healthy! Three months latter, they are growing, blooming, an Smell Wonderful!!! And have just ordered 2 more to have this great plant on all four sides of my house.
Marie M on Jun 2, 2017
We had them when we lived in SC...Even though our zone is 6..we saw a couple of people who have had them, and they are growing well. Plus, it is worth getting, due to the fragrance!
Renee W on May 30, 2017
Shiny leaves, fragrance and flowers!
Marianne S on May 29, 2017
Patrick A on May 29, 2017
Lesa J on May 29, 2017
Lucy P on May 23, 2017
I heard a lot about the tea olive and its fragrance. I've had a hard time finding it in my area.
Jeff M on May 22, 2017
Slow growing-very fragrant.
Marcia W on May 21, 2017
Love the gentle fragrance and easy-to-care-for and shape tree style.
Linda L on May 21, 2017
Everyone says the fragrance is amazing!
Jan G on May 20, 2017
For the look and the anticipated frangrance.
Rosemarie C on May 16, 2017
I have always love the smell that come from these trees and I hope it will fill my yard with that fragrant scent that I am use to smelling in the south.
Daniel C on May 13, 2017
I love that smell.
Amy N on May 11, 2017
I love the fragrant smell this is my third plant to purchase
Leonor M on May 11, 2017
I am a mailman and I smell this lovely fragrant everyday when I passed by these plants. I bought these plant so my wife can enjoy the fragrant. thank you.
Sean N on May 3, 2017
I've had these up in Gainesville. Best smelling plant in the world.
Tammy B on May 2, 2017
Nice odor
Nicholas P on May 2, 2017
It's a fragrant tree and I like the contrast of the white flowers against the dark leaves.
JANET W on May 1, 2017
Because this makes my wife happy. "Happy wife happy life!"
Russell H on Apr 29, 2017
I have been looking for trees that will provide nice fragrance thought out my garden.
Maria T on Apr 29, 2017
fragrant outside in summer inside in winter -fabulous fragrance
Reynold S on Apr 29, 2017
Fragrant Tea Olive hardy for our 9-10..and of course tree is very beautiful..above all service is awesome..Thanks
John C on Apr 28, 2017
Good Reviews
Bill C on Apr 27, 2017
been looking for this tree and none of the local nurseries had it.
deborah m on Apr 27, 2017
Evergreen and the comments about the smell.
Lorraine A S on Apr 24, 2017
I lost two young plants in Hurricane Irma and wanted to replace them and get a head start with larger plants. The fragrance is wonderful---without the musky, headachy undertones of many jasmines and dieffenbachia fragrans, and the neighbors are always enthusiastic. I highly recommend this plant!
Ann Burt S on Nov 6, 2017
flowers, scent
Laurie on Oct 30, 2017
will this plant live in zone 10 on the North side of the house?
Kathy S on Feb 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am in zone 10 in the heat of South FL! I have 5 on the north side of the house under my bedroom window and WOW when the flowers bloom, my whole patio is infused with fragrance. They aren't lush or super green, the leaves are often brown-tinged, but they have been fine for a couple years and bloom and bloom for me!
I did have 2 in the front of the house (south side) and they did ok, but not as well as the north side. So I transplanted them this past winter! Love, love this plant and it's the highlight of my whole yard!
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: 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!
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.
Approximately how tall is the 3 gallon tree?
Kim S on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These will be approximately 18-24" when you receive them.
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.
Are the leaves always green or do they have that silvery color?
Susan H on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the leaves are always green (evergreen). You may have flowers over six month from October to May.
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!
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!
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.
Can you keep this plant inside?
Jack Jack on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in Maryland. I bought one of these, and it arrived in early January. I kept it in a pot until May, when I set it outside. I did quite well in the pot, and bloomed off and on from the time it arrived in January until late May. While that is unusual, the fragrance was fantastic to have in the house during the winter. It complimented our Meyer lemon. I finally planted the tea olive in October. It bloomed again from about Halloween to around Christmas, when the freezing weather got too much for it. By the following late March, most of the foliage had dropped. Now, in May, the leaves are coming out and it is quite healthy. I think keeping it potted is fine, with enough light. This is a wonderful shrub, and I don't know why it is not more popular. By the way, this bush developed an aphid infestation soon after it arrived from the nursery. It was easily taken care of with a systemic (Bonide). I would ordinarily not use that on the tea olive since you can use the flowers for tea and jams. But it was easy to get rid of the little buggers.
Is this plant a single gender tree? I bought this plant 4 years ago. It grow healthily with a lot of leaves, but it has never bloomed. Is my tree a male one?
Cindy on Aug 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That's an interesting question. I have 6 of these (some 3 or 4 years old now) and they also each have lots of leaves. But although most of them have gotten a few blooms once a year, it is not very many and with not much scent to them. They also lose some leaves each year but do get new growth in Spring. I live in California (Zone 9). I also may give them more water than they need.
I am looking g for a plant that also attracts honey bees and or butterflys?
kathryn g on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They do attract some bees and butterflies but not as much as others. I love my tea olive because the smell is amazing, like having a candy bush in your yard.
What kind of fertilizer should be used? Thanks.
MD_gardener on Apr 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe in keeping things simple. I give a 10-10-10 in the spring. I keep an eye on the leaves for any issues, but really love these!
Is it deer resistant?
Tina S on Oct 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Deer have never bothered my Tea Olive.
When is a good time to prune a Tea Olive?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I prune when the flowers STOP blooming.
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.
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.
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: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.
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.
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.
what months does the tea olive produce flowers and how long do they last?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Fragrant Tea Olive can bloom in the fall, spring and winter.
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 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
does it grow in a sunny window indoors?
Thomas L on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have ours on our screened porch,and in the winter we bring it in and put it by the window.

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