Osmanthus fragrans Tea Olive / Size 2
Osmanthus fragrans / Fragrant Tea Olive

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Product Code: OSMTEA2

Osmanthus fragrans 'Fragrant Tea Olive'

Overall Description

Fragrant Tea Olive is an evergreen broadleaf type of Osmanthus that is borderline famous for its extremely fragrant, small white flower clusters. Blooms begin to appear in mid spring, and last several weeks. The delightfully apricot-like fragrance produced by these flower clusters can be easily detected from 50 - 60 feet away. A native of China, Osmanthus Fragrant Tea Olive's flowers are occasionally used in various tea blends.

Foliage is extremely dark green, glossy, and has a finely toothed serrated edge all the way around. New growth can oftentimes have a slight reddish hue, fading to the glossy dark green that remains year round.

Landscape uses for Fragrant Tea Olive include hedging, borders or screens, and works especially well when planted within close proximity to any entrance, patio, deck, or area where the wonderful scent of this evergreen plant can be enjoyed. We recommend a planting location that might give this Osmanthus a brief break from hot intense afternoon sun in extremely hot areas of the country, as well as an annual pruning / trimming if needed to maintain a specific or desired shape or size.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 10 - 12 ft ( can be maintained at shorter height through pruning )

--Mature Width : 6 - 7 ft ( can be kept more narrow through pruning / trimming )

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 6" - 8" avg per year )

--Hardiness Zones :
7b - 10 ( winter protection suggested in zone 7b )

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average - well drained........will adapt to a wide variety of soil compositions

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - Dark green foliage is glossy and has a finely serrated / toothed edge all the way around the leaf. Thick, somewhat rubbery texture when mature.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Clusters of small white colored flowers in mid spring through mid summer. Flowers are famous for strong, pleasant, apricot-like scent.

--Diseases / Insects :
No serious pest problems have been experienced with this variety. Occasional aphid or scale presence is not out of the question however.

--Recommended Spacing :
6 ft apart recommended for group planting / 4 - 5 feet apart for solid barrier / screen

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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