Tea Olive Tree

Product Description

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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Botanical Name

Osmanthus fragrans

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 15-30 ft
Mature Width 15-20 ft
Growing Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fragrant
  • Drought tolerant
  • Upright growth habit
  • Evergreen

Shipping Info

Once your Tea Olive Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Tea Olive prefers full sun or partial shade. Too much shade will lead to a less dense growth. They tolerate most soil types including clays, but ideally need good drainage. They are fairly drought tolerant once established, but should receive regular water until then.

The Tea Olive should be pruned selectively, removing growing tips to maintain a bushy, compact size. They should not be sheared or severely pruned. Lower lateral branches can be removed to create a small, multi-trunked tree.

Their centers should be planted 4 to 6 feet apart to form a screen or hedge.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Tea Olive, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Livia

    Smells so beautiful. Arrived in excellent condition.

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  2. Rose Kemper

    First time online plant shopper, so was hesitate to buy plants online. The ‘About Us’ page really sold me on Perfect Plants. Bought 4 3gallons and was very happy. They came in two boxes shipped via Fedex, nicely packaged. Thanks!

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  3. Glenda Elkhan

    Another first time online plant shopper here. You would be amazed at how well these plants are packaged. Arrived in great condition. I wanted to make sure my Tea Olive did the best possible, so I bought the add-on soil and fertilizer, which both came with printed instructions on how to use.

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  4. Nikki Scott

    Bought in January as a gift and the #1 gallon Tea Olive I bought had 3 blooms. Very happy with this gift purchase.

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  5. Manny Garcia (store manager)

    The smell is tantalizing.. I can smell it from a few feet away and when it’s breezy. So glad I decided to plant this near my door so I can always catch a whiff of the lovely fragrance of the tea olive.

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  6. Craig (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly, shipped well and the plants seem to be doing well. Thank you.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you for your order! The tea olive is a magical plant and we are happy yours is doing well :)

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