The fragrant Tea Olive Tree is an excellent way to sweeten up your garden with its incredibly delectable scent and soft white blossoms! May attract butterflies with it’s sweet scent.
The lush, green foliage of the Tea Olive Tree has pale undersides and is accompanied by a multitude of small, extremely sweet smelling, white flowers. The blooms begin in October and last until early spring. The tiny blossoms will perfume the entire landscape, and since the flowers are not noticeably showy, visitors in your garden or landscape will wonder where the delightful fragrance is coming from. They will get their answer as soon as they pass this dense evergreen shrub.
With its upright oval, columnar growth habit, the sweet osmanthus is ideal for use as a fragrant specimen plant, privacy hedge, or can be trained to grow as a small tree. The Tea Olive Tree should be placed where its delightful fragrance can be enjoyed. We enjoy seeing it as a border hedge in multiple foundation plantings.
This evergreen shrub prefers full sun to partial shade and is drought tolerant to a degree.
It can get up to 30 feet tall and prefers well drained, acidic soil. The nutrient and water schedule for this plant is super easy! This sweet olive is a great choice, even for some cold hardy climates! Great for southern gardens as the tea olives grow in zones 8-11.
- Drought tolerant
- Upright growth habit