Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: Can attain heights of 20 feet, but usually 6-8 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Other: Sporadic blooms during the summer months.
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

a powerful scent of old roses...

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 2, 2011 9:21 PM

Osmanthus fragrans is a popular landscape shrub in many southern gardens. It can attain heights to 20' but is usually seen in the 6' range. Fragrant Tea Olive has opposite, shiny, dark green toothed or smooth leaves, and both types can be present on the plant at the same time. The blooms are rather inconspicuous but they are extremely fragrant! Prune to encourage branching, maintain size and keep a neat appearance.

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flaflwrgrl On November 29, 2017 Bloomed
Blooming when I purchased it yesterday. Smells like sheer heaven!
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Planted in ground (3' at time of purchase) - far left - in upper flower bed
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