Fragrant Tea Olive

Fall in Love with the Alluring, Sweet Scent of the Fragrant Tea Olive

  • Lovely aroma for months
  • Easy to care for evergreen plant
  • Great hedge or screening plant
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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!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
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
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Green
Bloom Color White
Botanical Name Osmanthus Fragrans

How To 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.

 

Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.  

 

Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

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

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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The tree arrived packaged well, with tiny buds that smell amazing.
November 2, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
Tree came on time and well packaged. It made an easy recovery from the shipping
January 22, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
I ordered it for my sister and she loves it. She lives in Texas. I live in mississippi and have 2 I'm my yard.
September 6, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Trial
While I am not in zone 7 , I had to have one and see if I can baby it enough to be happy here in Lexington. Sweet Tea Olive was happy upon arrival! Thanks
November 8, 2016
Purchased
10 months ago
Love them, growing healthy and strong in fronting my shed.
January 17, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Smells wonderful
I purchased two and they arrived with blooms so the fragrance was immediately apparent. Lovely smell but too soon to tell if they will thrive and grow. I hope so!
March 4, 2017
Purchased
7 months ago
Tea Olive plants
I ordered 2 plants. They arrived within a week and packed beautifully. Each plant looks very hardy. Planted them the very next day. Not a week yet, they look great. We had several showers so hopefully they will blossom and do well.
May 30, 2017
Purchased
4 months ago
Very nice
The trees were smaller than I expected, but arrived undamaged, can't wait till they grow bigger and bloom
October 1, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
The fragrant tea olive
I received the plant 2 days ago. Half of the leaves had fallen. I can't smell any sweet fragrant at all. I wander at what stage will the plant start radiating sweet smell.? Do I have to wait for it to bloom to enjoy the sweet smell. I planted it today and hope that it will adjust to the new environment. Will update you with the progress of the plants
April 28, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
Response from ThePlantingTree.com
Yes, the scent comes from the flowers. Some leaf drop is normal during shipping and transitioning. They regenerate within 2-6 weeks.
May 1, 2017
Jill RStaff
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I selected this tree because it is hardy, evergreen with showy leaves, has a wonderful scent, and does not get really big.
Patricia B on Aug 16, 2017
Found these shrubs in Cancun Mexico and fell in love with their fragrance. We have a Tiki Bar and pool in our back yard and thought there shrubs would enhance the area. We shall see.
Mary M on May 22, 2017
I selected this tree because it is hardy, evergreen with showy leaves, has a wonderful scent, and does not get really big.
Patricia B on Aug 16, 2017
I enjoy having specimen plants different from my neighbors. Also, the fact it is an evergreen and fragrant was a winning combination.
Wendy K on Jun 26, 2017
Found these shrubs in Cancun Mexico and fell in love with their fragrance. We have a Tiki Bar and pool in our back yard and thought there shrubs would enhance the area. We shall see.
Mary M on May 22, 2017
love the fact that it is an evergreen; bought several to go under raised window at beach house--for fragrance under windows and exposed on sunny side of house
Barbara Z on Apr 26, 2017
Looking for fragrant tree, hope it will grow well here in Nevada
Nancy d on Apr 19, 2017
Bought 4 of these a few months ago and they seem to be doing well. Wanted more to match those.
Wayne E on Apr 15, 2017
A gift to friends
Xuemei C on Apr 4, 2017
Needed for the backyard
shirley D on Mar 29, 2017
it has fragrant and evergreen
david n on Mar 8, 2017
I already have 1 and I love it. Want to make a privacy screen in my backyard near our porch and these smell great.
Wayne E on Feb 22, 2017
Most beautiful smell
Mary K S on Feb 21, 2017
I have some in the back yard and I love the smell and screening.
Shannon L on Feb 16, 2017
Evergreen screen and reported fragrance
Rozalind S on Feb 13, 2017
These are the best smelling blooms ever. They are gorgeous evergreen plants that can reach 12-15 feet as small trees or hedges with the bonus of beautiful white blooms.
Hannah B on Feb 1, 2017
My friend refers this to me.
Kishena W on Nov 5, 2016
Looking forward to the fragrance.
Lynne K on Oct 31, 2016
Looking forward to planting this fragrant flowering shrub which should attract humingbirds and butterflies and should hopefully grow well in the Gulf Coast area.
william j on Sep 15, 2016
I wanted a tall, narrow flowering shrub for a shady spot that would hold up to deer. I like that the flowers are fragrant.
Rachel D on Sep 2, 2016
Aroma, growth size, easy maintenance
Joyce M on Sep 2, 2016
I enjoy having specimen plants different from my neighbors. Also, the fact it is an evergreen and fragrant was a winning combination.
Wendy K on Jun 26, 2017
love the fact that it is an evergreen; bought several to go under raised window at beach house--for fragrance under windows and exposed on sunny side of house
Barbara Z on Apr 26, 2017
My tree isn't very fragrant why?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the flowers provide the scent. If your plant doesn't have flowers or only has few that is why there isn't a scent...yet:) Bloom time is right around the corner!
Hi . I live in Tampa FL, zone 9. Can I plant this tree in big pot instead in the ground?
sapphire on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, definitely! They do well in pots. Just make sure the pot drains well.
I live in central nj ,will it grow in my zone and can I plant it in a pot all year round?
Lourdes R on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend these in a pot in central NJ without protection in winter or moving them maybe in a warmer spot like a garage. They grow in zones 7-10, but this is in the ground. A plant in ground is much more protected than one in a pot. So I would even recommend protection for a zone 7. You are most likely a cooler 7 or may even be a 6 where you are. You can check here to know for sure. http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/ You can find your zone here by searching with your zip code.
Will this plant grow well in Las Vegas?
A shopper on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Fragrant Tea Olives will do great in Vegas! This plant loves warmer climates.
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