Fragrant Tea Olive
|Adaptable, Well Drained
Fall in love with the alluring, sweet scent of the Fragrant Tea Olive. This Tea Olive, the Osmanthus Fragrans, has a long bloom time that 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 its 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!
Get yours today. You'll be enjoying the heavenly scent in no time!
What Does Fragrant Tea Olive Smell Like?
A sweet Apricot scent.
How Fast Does This Olive Grow?
At a medium rate of up to 12 inches per year to a height of 10-15 feet and a 6-8 foot spread when mature.
Does This Tree Repel Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes cant stand the fragrant smell of this tree so it is considered a natural repellent. Tea Tree has been known to be effective for insect bites and allergies as well.
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.
In the landscape, this small tree looks great as an accent evergreen 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!