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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
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Fragrant Orange Tea Olive
Osmanthus fragrans auranticus

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. As with the white, the Orange Tea Olive is evergreen, making it equally as suitable for a super-fragrant hedge or large specimen shrub anywhere in the sunny to partially shaded landscape. As your Tea Olive grows, which is does quite quickly, lower branches can be removed to form an outstanding specimen tree that will reach 12-15 feet in height over time with a spread of maybe 6 to 8 feet. 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.

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!

The Orange Tea Olive is an exceptionally easy plant to grow in most any average well-drained soil. It likes lots of sun but will tolerate a little shade. We recommend at least 6 hours of direct sun per day. Once established it is quite drought tolerant and has very few if any insect or disease problems. Deer don't touch it! USDA Zones: 7b-10b. If you're north of Zone 7a you can plant the Orange Tea Olive in a container that can be brought indoors during winter.  Find Your Zone >

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7b-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


A breeze will carry the aroma from its flowers a good distance, but we suggest planting your Tea Olive near windows and outdoor living areas where you can enjoy the frangrance from closer up. Tea Olives have multiple uses in the landscape. When grown as a shrub they are useful as specimens, in groupings or as formal or informal hedges and screens. When "limbed up' to form a tree, they are useful as very attractive focal point specimens anywhere in the sunny landscape.  

Other Landscape / Garden Uses:  Background, Containers/Planters, Entryway, Espalier (Flat Against a Wall), Flowering Shrub Border, Focal Point, Frame Structure, Groupings, Hedges, Home Foundation Plantings, Landscape Borders, Screen, Specimen, Topiary, Tree Form Shrub, Sunny Woodland Border

Theme Gardens:  Asian/Japanese Gardens, Bird Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Formal Gardens, Fragrance Gardens, Rock Gardens, Tropical Look Gardens, Xeriscape Gardens (Low Water needs)

Questions?  Contact Us >
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