Osmanthus fragrans

(Fragrant Osmanthus, Tea Olive)

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Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Tea olive (also sweet olive or fragrant Osmanthus) produces clusters of not particularly showy flowers that have an extremely powerful apricot/orange fragrance. It is a small, upright, evergreen tree or large shrub that will typically grow to 10-15′ tall in cultivation, but may reach 20-30′ tall in its native habitat in Asia (Himalayas, China and Japan).Features oval, leathery, glossy green leaves (to 4″ long). Leaf margins may be smooth or finely toothed. Tiny white flowers appear in axillary clusters in spring, with some sporadic bloom through the summer and heavy blooming again in the fall.


Winter hardy to about 10 degrees F. and generally considered to be plantable in the ground in USDA Zones 7b-11. In these warm winter areas, it is easily grown in average, consistently moist, well-drained garden soils in full sun to part shade. Best with part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Tolerates heavy clays. Drought tolerant once established. May be trained as a small tree, shrub or espalier. Clip off growing tips to maintain compact size and to encourage bushiness.  This shrub is usually available in multiple sizes.

Additional information

Common Name

Fragrant Osmanthus, Tea Olive

Botanical Name

Osmanthus fragrans


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


to 15 ft.


to 15 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

Fall, Spring

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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