The fragrant Tea Olive Tree is an excellent choice 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 plant has pale undersides and is accompanied by a multitude of small, extremely sweet smelling white flowers. The fragrant blooms begin in October and last until early spring. The tiny creamy white blossoms 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 its upright oval, columnar growth habit the sweet osmanthus tea olive 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.
Tea Olive Tree Care
This evergreen fragrant tea olive 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 types. The nutrient and water schedule for this plant is super easy! The fragrant tea olive growth rate is up to 12 inches per year.
This sweet olive 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 zones 8-11 across the United States.
Information on planting this tea olive shrub is as follows. Make sure your plant arrived healthy. 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 soil.
Water regularly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Apply a complete fertilizer with slow release nitrogen yearly.
Enjoy the fragrant plants through spring or fall, no matter what time of year.
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- Drought tolerant
- Upright growth habit