USDA plant hardiness zones: 7b, 8, 9, 10 | considered winter hardy to 5° F (-15°C) Sunset plant hardiness zones: 8, 9, 12-24, 28-31 [western states]
LIGHT: full sun for best flower production [tolerates partial shade] WATER: evenly moist [considered drought tolerant once established] SOIL: fertile + humus-rich + neutral to slightly acid + well-drained
Botanical Name: Osmanthus fragrans Plant Family: Oleaceae - Olive Tree Family Plant Origin/Osmanthus Nursery Cultivar: China + Japan + Himalayas a.k.a: Tea Olive Tree, Fragrant Olive Bush, Olea fragrans, Sweet Osmanthus
How to grow Sweet Tea Olive trees and shrubs: . Select a location that provides adequate sunlight, water, and soil requirements [see above] . Water regularly until established and during dry spells for optimum performance . Fertilize in early spring [use organic fertilizers for increased plant and soil health] . Prune after flowering if needed [blooms on previous year's growth + usually not required] . Maintain a mulch layer to conserve soil moisture and minimize pesky weeds . Avoid unnecessary cultivation around plants once they're established . Grow Fragrant Olive shrubs in large winter-protected containers in colder climates
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