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Fragrant Tea Olive Tree

Osmanthus fragrans

Fragrant Tea Olive Tree
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    Growing Zones: 7-10
    (hardy down to 10℉)
    Growing Zones 7-10 Map
    Mature Height: 10 ft.
    Mature Width: 6-8 ft.
    Sunlight: Full-Partial
    Growth Rate: Slow
    Botanical Name: Osmanthus fragrans
    Does Not Ship To: AZ
  • Product Description
    Perfume for the Garden

    An unforgettable fragrance merges with slow but steady growth, making the Tea Olive Tree a must-have. Because it grows slowly, this dense evergreen plant can be pruned into a hedge or shrub, providing an effective and decorative screen.

    Or you can let it grow into a mature tree – eventually, it will achieve an amazing height of 10 feet.

    Gleaming 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.

    Reminiscent of gardenia and jasmine, your Tea Olive will thrill each season as it delivers a unique and memorable fragrance in your garden and beyond. With a scent so whimsical and wonderful, you'd think the Tea Olive would be a handful when it comes to care.

    But the Tea Olive Tree is hassle-free. Simply plant it a sunny spot with soil that isn't too sandy. This hardy tree will only require the occasional pruning necessary to achieve your required height and shape. And it's a disease-resistant pick that withstands harsh winter temperatures, even down to 10 degrees.

    Order yours today and let the memories of the coming seasons begin!

  • Reviews
    4.4 / 5.0
    115 Reviews
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    Waiting to see the blooms
    Arrived nicely packaged and ready to be planted. A few leaves ?? have dropped ( which might be expected). Hopefully it will thrive in the Southern California desert ??.
    November 5, 2018
    2 months ago
    Healthy Tea Olive Bush
    Love ... very healthy. Warm days got to enjoy some blossoms. Smells wonderful. I would recommend to others.
    October 20, 2018
    3 months ago
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    I planted mine in a container for the first 18 months and will be transmitting in spring 2019. It is hearty but be sensitive to moisture and leaves burning. Love the fragrance and the unique hedge
    October 18, 2018
    1 year ago
    Growing Zone:
    Great addition to the garden
    Central Florida location: I bought five fragrant olive, which arrived promptly and in good shape. After a couple of weeks in the ground they already are showing some new buds. As a result of repairs after Hurrican Irma I had a large new vacant area of landfill (ie, 10 truckloads of barren clay/sand fill, with no nutrients), which I am amending with organic material as the plants are added.

    I'm familiar with the fragrant olive and have two others at different locations. The fragrant olive flowers are inconspicuous and not the reason for the purchase. Rather, it's the wonderful aroma whenever they bloom, which spreads far beyond the immediate area of the plant.

    In China there is a city with spectacular scenery, Guilin, which is also filled with the fragrant olive bushes. The city name translates as "Forest of Fragrant Olives" and the bush is known as "Guilin Hua" or "Kwai Lam Fa" in Cantonese -- that is, Gui Lin Flower. The sweet aroma of the Gui Lin Fa permeates the entire region.

    My five fragrant olives are in a new garden that has an Asian theme, also including flowering plum, orchids, ginger and other suitable plants, many of which are coming from FGT. Their specific function will be to provide their wonderful aroma to a nearby new paving block patio which is being set up as a lakeside private area (to be named "Wai Lan Yuan" or The Orchid Garden) for meals and relaxation.
    Recently planted Fragrant Olive in a new garden area, showing new growth..
    Recently planted Fragrant Olive in a new garden area, showing new growth..
    October 9, 2018
    3 months ago
    Growing Zone:
    excellent condition on arrival
    I fully expected from the reviews I've read on this site that the plants I ordered would be healthy and vigorous, and when they arrived I wasn't disappointed. The packaging was first-rate and though it had suffered considerably in its journey across the U.S. the plants were in excellent condition and required only a day out of their cartons to recover from the indignity of being hauled cross country in a dark box.

    There was an additional advantage to buying from this vendor as well, one I haven't often found from others -- my tea olive had been grown/pruned such that it can now be easily shaped as I please. The shaping done early in a plant's life can make all the difference when it comes to deciding whether you can make it into a tall shrub, a small tree, or some more exotic shaping. My tea olive arrived ready for anything, and that has saved me at least a year or two of shaping it into a plant that fits into comfortably into its new spot in my garden.

    I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
    September 20, 2018
    Growing Zone:
    Lovely and easy to grow.
    Beautiful and so easy to grow. Even first year we got small clusters of buds. We live on the coast and it has adapted well.
    August 30, 2018
    10 months ago
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    Beautiful little flowers smell so good
    I had two of these trees before and now I bought two more . They are so easy to maintain. The beautiful little white flowers smell so good.
    August 13, 2018
    4 months ago
    Great product!
    The tree arrived on time and packaged nicely. There were hardly any damaged branches and it looked great after it sat out for a couple days. It has done great since it’s been in the ground so far and I can’t wait to see it’s first bloom! Hopefully it will smell as good as everyone says. Great product. I would definitely order from this company again.
    After about 3 weeks in the ground. Has plenty of healthy new growth!
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    August 5, 2018
    5 months ago
    Growing Zone:
    fragrant tea olive
    I had a sweet olive (tea olive) at my previous home and I just loved it! When it was in bloom in back of the house you could smell it as you were coming up the driveway in the front. This bush already has flowers on it, although not enough to fill the air. It arrived healthy looking and I can’t wait for it to have abundant flowers.
    July 29, 2018
    5 months ago
    Love this little tree
    I look out my window every day to see how my little tree is doing. It is just fine. It seems to love the half wine barrow planter it is in. Can't wait for it to be fragrant.
    July 27, 2018
    5 months ago
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  • Questions(36) & Answers(49)
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    Why did you choose this? Store
    ROOPA D on Dec 11, 2018
    I have two already and my wife loves their scent. Bought another to increase the area of the fragrance
    Glenn M on Nov 23, 2018
    ROOPA D on Dec 11, 2018
    Taking a chance ... sounds like it has a nice smell and creates privacy.
    Greg B on Nov 30, 2018
    I have two already and my wife loves their scent. Bought another to increase the area of the fragrance
    Glenn M on Nov 23, 2018
    Love the smell of gardinia hope this ones close
    Joshua G on Nov 19, 2018
    Smells wonderful!
    Paula G on Nov 18, 2018
    So many people have told me how wonderful it smells. It will be a really nice addition to my garden!
    Julie C on Nov 15, 2018
    good smell flower
    Wei G on Nov 10, 2018
    it brought back good memories of when I had several tea olive bushes in GA. the smell is divine and now that I live in FL they will bring back that wonderful smell that I love.
    Janice G on Nov 5, 2018
    fragrance and to complete a smaller bed at my new home.
    Marcie L on Oct 27, 2018
    The fragrance from these trees is fabulous. It reminds me of magnolias but much stronger.
    Dsnrln on Oct 24, 2018
    to make tea flavor
    kim F on Oct 14, 2018
    Evergreen and fragrant
    Sally C on Oct 10, 2018
    I love the thought of the fragrance lofting through the air . I bought one for my sister as well .
    Anna S on Oct 7, 2018
    I’m looking for a frangrant flower tree.
    Chi H on Sep 9, 2018
    I choose Fragrant Tea Olive because of the word Fragrant in the title. That simple.
    John O on Sep 5, 2018
    So pretty with a wonderful wow fragrance.
    Sue A on Aug 14, 2018
    Phong D on Aug 11, 2018
    appearance, fragrance, size
    Peggy D on Jun 8, 2018
    I am sending this as a gift to Cathe because she expressed a desire to have this plant in her garden
    Cathe F on Jun 7, 2018
    Our neighbors have a hedge of these. They smell SO HEAVENLY!!!!! Wanted some of my own.
    Vicki H on Jun 1, 2018
    I need an evergreen plant to provide a year round barrier. The fragrance is a plus.
    Barbara W on May 31, 2018
    smell and height
    Billy Dwain G on May 29, 2018
    Curiously wanted to see how fragrant it is
    Lynn E on May 27, 2018
    Several Fragrant Tea Olives are planted near the Biltmore Winery and when they bloom the fragrance is amazing. Had to try one at my home.
    Scott Williams R on May 25, 2018
    andre M on May 12, 2018
    for its fragrance - planning to plant by our deck area. If it does well, I will plant more.
    Stacey K on May 6, 2018
    trying it out
    jorge h on May 5, 2018
    I want the air, to carry to my senses. This is well spoken of. I want a rep for quality landscaping. And, I get to live in my creation, my home.
    Steve B on Apr 14, 2018
    We had an orange jasmine at one time that we enjoyed very much. When looking for a replacement we came across the tea olive plant. We are most anxious to see if it will have similar characteristics that we can enjoy for many years.
    Paul K on Apr 12, 2018
    Dog friendly, fast growing, fragrant
    Theresa H on Apr 7, 2018
    These perfume the air eith their pungent order so lovecadding them to my garden.
    Julett M B on Apr 6, 2018
    Renee T on Apr 5, 2018
    sounds like its different than the norm
    Paul R on Mar 28, 2018
    Smelled these wonderful bushes in Louisiana and fell in love. Want them for my lakeside home.
    Dianne Z on Mar 27, 2018
    This plan will give my garden the fragrance I was always looking for.
    wilson a on Mar 26, 2018
    evergreen, fragrant, bloomer
    marlene f on Mar 26, 2018
    The tree has a great fragrance. A very sturdy plant which grows quickly..
    Francesco C on Mar 22, 2018
    i tried this a few years ago. but it did not make it through our hot summer. this time i will put them under my patio. i love fragrant plants. brings hummingbirds and bees and butterflies
    deborah m on Mar 20, 2018
    The descriptions of the tree and its fragrance sound like they will greatly enhance my dull landscape.
    Bobbie C on Mar 17, 2018
    Chose this one as well for the fragrance.
    Shannon B on Mar 15, 2018
    It is my favorite
    shaban J on Feb 27, 2018
    Fragrant small tree
    Donald M on Feb 23, 2018
    Same as above, just love plants, color and aroma, not overbearing but subtle.
    Verlene B on Feb 19, 2018
    I really like gardenia and jasmine both... can't wait to get the tree to see what the fragrance is like since the description says it's like both
    Marion W on Feb 8, 2018
    I saw and smelled the tree in my area and fascinated by the fragrance. Also like the fact that it’s an evergreen tree without fallen leaves.
    Mankee K on Feb 1, 2018
    Small evergreen tree with fragrant blossoms.
    Jeffery W on Jan 27, 2018
    Fragrance of the plant
    Golf Bob on Jan 22, 2018
    I love fragrant in my yard
    Hossein A on Jan 15, 2018
    never had one and i wonder if it smells as good as it was mentioned
    Farah A on Jan 2, 2018
    I chose this tree for it's scent, beauty and hardiness.
    Kathleen W on Dec 31, 2017
    Taking a chance ... sounds like it has a nice smell and creates privacy.
    Greg B on Nov 30, 2018
    Love the smell of gardinia hope this ones close
    Joshua G on Nov 19, 2018
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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 this tree grow in Salem, MA?
    Brian S on May 7, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
    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.
    Are the olives edible?
    Sharon B on Dec 4, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: The name of this tree is deceptive— it’s not actually an olive tree, but an extremely fragrant ornamental. If you want to grow olives, Olea Europaea is what you’re looking for. There are many true olive tree varieties which fruit here, and they should grow quite well outdoors in zones 8-11, and can be grown as a patio tree in colder zones. Osmanthus fragrans is prized for its incredible fragrance— its tiny, creamy-white flowers may not be much to look at, but the scent is glorious, and can be enjoyed even from great distances! Mine are planted in the backyard, yet I’ve caught neighbors lingering on the sidewalk in front of my house, peeking at my shrubs, trying to locate where the amazing fragrance is coming from! And it blooms continuously from October to April! I hope this information is helpful!
    can i plant it in container?
    Joanna O on Oct 18, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I actually have mine in a container and it seems to love it. This allows me to move it around for best exposure. It might cause it to grow slower but I’m ok with that
    Will this grow in Kansas?
    Georgia G on Nov 3, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: With proper planting and care the tea olive will survive in Kansas. I would plant it on the south side of the house.
    Are the flowers are golden or white?
    Kaity J on Mar 27, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They are white. There may be a little gold in the very center, but they are not yellow flowers
    Can I plant it in the fall?
    Karen W on Oct 6, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes fall is a great time for planting.
    Can I plant the sweet olive close to my house?
    Linda on Feb 21, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I have the bushes planted in a hedge along the front of my raised porch. I have not had an issue with this.
    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.
    Does this tree produce olives?
    Anne N on Sep 19, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: No, it's a fragrant olive. It produces little yellow-white flowers when the temps get around 50 and below that have a wonderful citrus smell. This tree/bush is an evergreen. It will take full sun, but loves part shade along with adequate water and fertilizer.
    I live in growing zone 6b/7. Can I bring the fragrant olive inside in the winter? If so, is it a slow acclimation like in for the night out for the day, or do I just bring it in when the outside temperature reaches a certain point. Will it survive without a sunny window (even if it does not bloom over the winter)? Thank you.
    GED13 on Jul 6, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: The Fragrant Tea Olive is good for growing Zones 7 to 10 and cold hardy down to 10 degrees F. You can bring it inside but it does like full to partial sun. It is an evergreen so it will need care throughout they year since these do not go dormant.
    How well does this fragrant tree olive do as a house plant?
    Valerie D on May 20, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Wonderful we live in a zone 9 and it survived.
    Are you even suppose to trim Tea Olive Shrubs?
    Mary G on Aug 28, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You can to make it a hedge or let grow like a tree
    Does it love acid soil?
    tuan n on May 29, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes it does like well drained and acidic soil.
    Will this plant do well in Frederick Md (which is classified zone 6b to 7) It will be in small yard, fenced in, and close to house and facing Northwest, mostly west. Fence shields both directions...?
    Laurie M on May 21, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The Fragrant Tea Olive is good for growing Zones 7 to 10. It can withstand temperatures to 10 degrees F. It likes to be in full to partial sun.
    what should spacing apart be?
    Bruce M on Apr 27, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: If planting them in a row, go about 4 feet apart.
    Is it decidious ?
    JoAnn D on Apr 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No it is an evergreen.
    When do I plant in nj?
    Judith V on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Spring and Fall is a good time for planting.
    How far away from foundation walls should I plant it?
    Pedro G on Sep 13, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I planted mine two feet from foundation.
    Is this tree Deer resistent?
    Pierre on Jul 30, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Most of several of these I have are planted away from the fence so our deer do not have access to them. But I do have a newer one which is in a planter sitting right next to the fence. Its leaves sit just at the right height for the deer to snack on but after several months they have not touched it.
    Is the Fragrant Tea Olive toxic to cats?
    Alex F on May 21, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: No, they are not toxic to cats.
    What is the average growth rate of tea trees?
    Lynne P on May 19, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: They grow 4" -12" per year.
  • Planting & Care
    It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Fragrant Tea Olive Tree
    Fragrant Tea Olive Tree 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 and Care Directions for Fragrant Tea Olive Tree
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