Fall in love with the alluring, sweet scent of the Fragrant Tea Olive. This Tea Olive, the Osmanthus Fragrans, has a long bloom time which begins in fall and, in many climates, continues throughout winter and into spring. You will enjoy the lovely aroma for months!
This southern favorite isn't only adored for it fragrant, tiny, but abundant blooms. The evergreen foliage is attractive and dense, with leaves similar to a holly. This plant is hardy and disease resistant making it super easy to care for. You will love the year-round green in your landscape!
The Fragrant Tea Olive prefers full to part sun and well-drained soil. Water your new plant deeply about twice a week throughout the establishment period. After establishment, Tea Olives are extremely drought tolerant and maintenance free! If needed fertilize with a slow release fertilizer once yearly in early fall. There is no need to prune this shrub unless you want to limit size or shape. If pruning is desired, prune in late winter or early spring. Tea Olives bloom on new growth so keep that in mind when planning your pruning. In the landscape, this small tree looks great as an accent shrub, hedge or screen. Just remember to plant your Fragrant Tea Olive where you can enjoy the intoxicating scent often! Around a patio, deck, porch or outside your front door are perfect choices!
Look like a landscape pro with the easy care Fragrant Tea Olive! Get yours today. You'll be enjoying the heavenly scent in no time!
|Grows in Zones||7, 8, 9, 10|
|Indoor/Patio Hardiness Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Soil Type||Adaptable, Well-drained|
|Mature Height||10-15 Feet|
|Mature Width||6-10 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Osmanthus Fragrans|
Questions and Answers
Planting & Care
How to Plant & Care for Your new Fragrant Tea Olive
Spring and fall are ideal times to plant your Fragrant Tea Olive. The Tea Olive grows in zones 7 to 10, but can be patio grown or grown indoors in other zones with appropriate care and conditions.
Fragrant Tea Olives prefer full to part sun. These shrubs are adaptable to any soil as long as it is well-drained soil. Water your new plant deeply about twice a week throughout the establishment period. After establishment, Tea Olives are extremely drought tolerant and low maintenance. In the first year, if the weather is extremely dry and hot, water your plant deeply about once weekly. If needed, fertilize with a slow release fertilizer once yearly in early fall. There is no need to prune this shrub unless you want to limit size or shape. If pruning is desired, prune in late winter or early spring. Tea Olives bloom on new growth so keep that in mind when planning your pruning.
Fragrant Tea Olives are disease and pest resistant and tend to only encounter problems when stressed. So, planting in the correct conditions and providing appropriate care are the best ways to keep these plants healthy. Scale is one of the few potential insects that can affect Tea Olives. This can be treated with horticultural oil. Diseases are easily avoided by ensuring your soil is well drained and never saturated.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
Shipping and Delivery
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