The Fragrant Tea Olive Tree is an excellent choice to sweeten up your garden with its incredibly delectable scent and soft white blossoms! The sweet olive tree may attract butterflies with the sweet scent.
The lush, green foliage of the Tea Olive shrub has pale undersides and is accompanied by a multitude of small, extremely sweet smelling white flowers. The fragrant blooms begin in early fall around October and last until early spring. The tiny creamy white tea olive blooms will perfume the entire landscape.
Since the fragrant 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 dark green leaves that keep their color all year long.
With its upright oval, columnar growth habit the sweet osmanthus tea olive bush is ideal for use as a fragrant specimen plant, privacy hedge, or can be trained to grow as a small tree. The sweet 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.
Tea Olive Tree Care
This evergreen fragrant tea olive plant prefers full sun to partial shade and is drought tolerant once established.
The sweet tea olive plant grows up to 15 to 30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide at maturity and prefers well drained, acidic soil types. It can tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions such as clay, loamy, or sandy soils. The nutrient and water schedule for this plant is super easy!
This sweet olive bush is a great choice, even for some cold hardy climates and it is very long lived! Great for southern gardens as the tea olive osmanthus fragrans grow in hardiness zones 8-11 across the United States.
The fragrant tea olive shrub growth rate is up to 12 inches per year. If you are looking to create a tea olive hedge for privacy, space these evergreen trees approximately 5-10 feet apart.
Information on planting this tea olive shrub is as follows. Make sure your plant arrived healthily. Dig a hole the size of the root ball. Place the plant into the hole up until the trunk. Backfill with soil until filled and firmly compress the soil.
Water the fragrant olive tree regularly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system and keep healthy white blooms. Apply a complete fertilizer with slow release nitrogen yearly. It is pest and disease resistant.
Enjoy the fragrant sweet olive plants through the spring or fall growing season, no matter what time of year.
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- Drought tolerant
- Upright growth habit