Growing Zones: 7-10 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6-8 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Osmanthus fragrans
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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!
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Customer Reviews & Photos
The tree came packaged very nicely. There was no damage. All the leaves were green and healthy. I have it planted in front of my house and it's doing great. I'm thinking about purchasing another one.
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 '.
Healthy Tea Olive Bush
Love ... very healthy. Warm days got to enjoy some blossoms. Smells wonderful. I would recommend to others.
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.
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.
Planting & Care
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.
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.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|