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Fragrant Orange Tea Olive - Sweet Olive
A cousin of the white-flowering Tea Olive, the Orange Tea Olive 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. More details below

Fragrant Orange Tea Olive - Sweet Olive

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Fragrant Orange Tea Olive
Osmanthus fragrans aurantiacus


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 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 & Garden 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. 

Spacing:  5-6' for a solid hedge; 12' or more for space between plants




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!




Helpful Articles

Click on the link(s) below to get advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Tea Olive shrubs and trees... 





Plant Details

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:  5-6' for a solid hedge; 12' or more 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
Great shape!!
Came with no damages, very healthy and good shaped tree! I always loved the smell of tea olive flowers growing up and am so excited to experience that here in Texas! -------- WBG Reply: Hi Kayo - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review! Glad we were able to help you obtain an orange tea olive for your place in Texas and we hope you enjoy it for years to come! 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: (Verified Buyer)  from Texas. on 10/13/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Sweet Olive
Service was above and beyond! Extremely helpful, plants arrived in perfect condition. One is already blooming after only two weeks. Can't say enough about the professional and courteous communication with the staff. Wonderful experience, great company. --------- WBG Reply: Hi Erin - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review and for the compliments! Glad to hear you got to see some blooms on your Orange Tea Olive. The orange are typically a little slower to start blooming than the white ones. We have a large specimen in our gtardens that is truly magnificent and blooms its socks off every fall. 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 Williamsburg, Va. on 9/19/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Fragrance Orange Tea Olive
The Fragrant Orange Tea Olive is hard to find. Mostly can purchase seeds online. So I was elated when I found Wilson Bros Gardens. I was very impressed with the packaging and the speedy delivery. I have not planted her in the garden yet because of Hurricane Harvey visiting and waiting to see which way Hurricane Irma is traveling. I had my tea olive plant indoors for Harvey and now on my patio. I keep her soil hydrated and she is hanging in there. I hope to get her in the soil by the latest the weekend. Very pleased with the merchandise and the services provided by Wilson Bros Gardens. -------- WBG Response: Hi Yvonne - Thanks so much for your review and compliments! We love the orange tea olive and do our best to keep them in stock at all times. We're working on growing the red and yellow but it's very slow go. They are exceptionally difficult and slow to root. Glad to hear you made it through Hurricane Harvey okay. Irma just rolled through our neighborhood yesterday (9/11/2017). We were lucky to have not sustained much damage. Just one tree fell and knocked power out . Could've been much worse. 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 Cibolo, Texas. on 9/7/2017
5/5
5 Stars
tea olive-orange
doing well. --------- WBG Reply: Hi Tony - Since you kept it short, we'll do the same. Glad to hear! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from charleston,wv. on 8/30/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Country Garden addition
1st time customer. Very satisfied. Plant arrived on time and in good condition. It is growing nicely and I am looking forward to it blooming. ----------- Hi Chris - Glad to have you as a customer and happy to hear your orange tea olive is growing nicely. When it blooms, let us know what you think it smells like. Also 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 Osteen. on 8/24/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Beautiful, Healthy and very well Packaged
I collect fragrant plants and usually buy them online from several vendors but this is the only time I have come across a vendor that takes very special precautions in packing their plants and ensuring that they reach their destination in very good condition. The fragrant orange tea olive that I received is very healthy and i couldn't wait to see it bloom and smell its fragrance. -------- WBG Reply: Hi Carmencita - Thanks so much for the compliments and taking the time to provide your review, which lets others know the extent we go to to safely ship plants. We love the orange tea olive we have growing in our gardens now for about 10 years. It;s a beauty and blooms its socks off. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. Plant long & prosper! Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from san antonio. on 8/22/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Tea Oilive
Have now had the Tea Olive in the ground for 3 weeks and already have a lot of new growth. Plant arrived in great condition and very healthy to say the least. Very pleased with the plant and can't wait until it blooms. ---------- WBG Reply: Hi Ted - Very happy to hear your orange tea olive is happy and growing fine in its new home. You'll have to let us know what you think it smells like when it flowers:-) Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. Plant long & prosper! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from NC. on 8/22/2017
5/5
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
5/5
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
5/5
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
4/5

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