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Fragrant Orange Tea Olive - Sweet Olive

Fragrant Orange Tea Olive - Sweet Olive

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2 GALLON POT: $48.97
3 GALLON (NICE! 3' TALL) $64.97

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Fragrant Orange Tea Olive
Osmanthus fragrans auranticus

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7b, where the Orange Tea Olive is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring. 

Special Attributes

A cousin of the white-flowering Tea Olive, the Orange Tea Olive, Osmanthus fragrans aurantiaicus, produces the same sweetly fragrant flowers but in a wonderful creamy orange color. Due to the presence of carotenes in the flowers, some say that the Orange Tea Olive has a more pleasant fragrance than the white. We've smelled them both. It might be all in our head, but we think the orange does smell a little sweeter, like candy. There are other subtle differences as well. The leaves of the Orange Tea Olive are a little darker green, and are larger and longer than those of white. 

The flowers of the Orange Tea Olive are edible and also used in perfumes. In China, they use the flowers to scent black or green teas and also use it in perfumery. You'll see why when you plant one!

Landscape Uses

Growing 10-15' tall and 6-8' white in an upright rounded form,  the Orange Tea Olive is an ideal selection for a super-fragrant hedge or privacy screen or large specimen shrub anywhere in the sunny to partially shaded landscape. As your Orange Tea Olive grows, which is does quite quickly, lower branches can be removed to form an outstanding evergreen specimen tree. A breeze will carry the aroma a good distance, but we suggest planting your Tea Olive near windows and outdoor living areas. This way you can enjoy the fragrance from close up.

Orange Tea Olive is also useful in landscape borders as a background plant to lower growing plants, or as a corner plant in home foundation plantings. If you're looking to create a theme garden the Orange Tea Olive is a perfect addition to a sensory or fragrance garden. 

Cultural Preferences

The Orange Tea Olive is very easy to grow when planted right, and in the right spot. It adapts to most soil types, including clay, and likes full to mostly sun or part shade. We recommend at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day or all-day lightly filtered sun for best flowering. It prefers a well-drained moist soil however is quite drought tolerant when established. As with many other plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. We've seen no serious insect or disease problems and deer don;t touch it!

Note:  You can find more details and expert advice under the Planting & Care tab on this page. 

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7b (7a?)-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-15'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  5' for a solid hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate, Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Orange
Flower Size:  Tiny, 1/8" in clusters
Flowering Period:  Fall
Flower Type:  Single, in clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes, extremely fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Dry when established
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Average to Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect

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5 Stars
Beautiful, healthy tree!
Tree shipped fast. Arrived packed very well and still moist at roots. Tree is in great condition and very healthy. Has been in ground for about 3 weeks and already has new growth. Can't wait for it to bloom! ---------- WBG Reply: Hi Rachel - Thanks for providing your review and all the compliments. Glad to hear your tea olive is putting out new growth just weeks after transplanting. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. Plant long and prosper! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from New Orleans. on 6/22/2017
5 Stars
very healthy
We have 2 of these and they arrived in great condition and took well to transplanting. --------- WBG Reply: Hi Leslie - Glad to hear the tea olives we shipped cross country to you in Washington arrived in great condition and are doing well after after planting. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent | Wilson bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Olalla. on 6/22/2017
4 Stars
Plants are ok
I think the plants are ok. I sent a picture of some leaves that had holes in them from insects? I submitted pictures to company, but never received a response? --------- RESPONSE from WBG: Hi Holly - We looked back through our email log and did not find an email from you. That doesn't mean you didn't send it, only that we didn't receive it. Otherwise, we would have promptly responded as we answer all our emails same day. To your question about holes in some of the leaves having holes in them. This is a typical condition on the older leaves of Tea Olive that occurs during the winter months. When spring arrives and new leaves begin to emerge these older leaves are usually naturally shed from the plant. In any event, it's not an indicator of poor health or an insect problem and the plant should do fine. Let us know if there's anything else we can ever help you with. We're at your service! - Brent Wilson | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Fair hope, AL. on 5/3/2017
5 Stars
Really healthy plants
I am really satisfied with my purchase. The trees looked really healthy and good roots, fast delivery, packing was impeccable. Matter fact, packing was done ensuring to protect this healthy plant. I was really impressed. Thank you very much! My Fragrant Orange Tea Olives are transplanted and being really happy. Can’t wait for blooming in a fall.
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Reviewed by:  from CT. on 2/2/2016
5 Stars
Great Plants
Plants were packaged securely. Plants were much larger than expected. Shipping was timely. Would definately buy from again.
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Reviewed by:  from Spokane WA. on 9/23/2015
5 Stars
Wonderful job!
The plant arrived within a week of ordering and I put in some root stimulator until I planted 2 days later. Looking beautiful with no damage to leaves. What a wonderful job you did!
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Reviewed by:  from Venice, FL. on 9/18/2015

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