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San Jose Fragrant Fortune's Osmanthus - Tea Olive
If you love the fragrant white and orange Tea Olives, you'll also love this unique and amazing hybrid Osmanthus/Tea Olive that inherits the insane perfume of Osmanthus fragrans and the cold hardiness of Osmanthus heterophyllus. Get all the details below!

San Jose Fragrant Fortune's Osmanthus - Tea Olive

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San Jose Fortune's Osmanthus - Tea Olive
Osmanthus x fotunei 'San Jose'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-10b (6a?)  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6b, where this Osmanthus is not reliably 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

If you love the fragrant white and orange Tea Olives, you'll also love this unique and amazing hybrid Osmanthus/Tea Olive that inherits the insane perfume of Osmanthus fragrans and the cold hardiness of Osmanthus heterophyllus. Just like its parents, San Jose is a large evergreen shrub or small tree that produces copious amounts of wonderfully fragrant, white flowers in fall and early winter. The flowers are small but boy do they pack a fragrant punch! All it takes is one San Jose to fill the front or backyard with a heavenly scent of perfume. The scent is really indescribable. It's just one of those things you have to experience for yourself. The best we can do is say that they smell something like apricot. The young leaves of San Jose are unique as well; finally toothed all the way around and very deep green. What's more, We've heard San Jose Osmanthus is cold hardy to as low as -12 ?!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright in a bushy form 15-20' tall and 10-12' wide with no pruning, San Jose Osmanthus can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. It can easily be kept smaller with pruning. As a shrub, its dense foliage makes it ideal for use as an evergreen hedge, privacy screen, or background, or to frame corners or fill voids between widely-spaced windows in home foundation plantings. As it grows, remove lower branches to desired height and you have an outstanding focal point specimen tree for use in sunny to partly sunny landscape borders and home foundation plantings. A fine addition to fragrance gardens

Suggested Spacing:  6 to 8 feet for a solid hedge or privacy screen;  16 or more feet for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

San Jose Osmanthus is very easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil and full sun to mostly shade. We suggest full sun, at least 3 hours of direct sunlight per day or all-day lightly filtered sun for best flowering. Exceptionally drought tolerant when established, and we've seen no insect or disease problems, over decades, and deer won't touch it. As with many other plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Tea Olive shrubs and trees.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b to 10b (6a?)  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  15-20', with no pruning
Width at Maturity:  10-12', with no pruning
Spacing:  6-8' for solid hedges; 16' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Bushy
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small, 1/4"
Flowering Period:  Fall, Early Winter
Flower Type:  Single, in clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes, extremely fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Deep 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. All day Filtered 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 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Average to Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect



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