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The plants prefer a well-drained soil and are fairly drought tolerant once established.



Jul 04, Shearing of Tea Olive can be performed any time of year, however, to avoid damaging new growth that emerges after pruning, I recommend ceasing pruning two months prior to the average first frost date in your area. Heavy pruning to reduce the size or to tree form your Tea Olive should be performed in late winter, while the plant is bushclearance.pwg: Kathleen FL. Feb 06, Because of its natural columnar shape, tea olive requires only minimal pruning, though gardeners may choose to prune the plant in order to encourage branching.

Plants may grow up to 8 feet wide and reach 4 to 30 feet in height depending on the cultivar, but they can also be pruned into a small tree if space is bushclearance.pwg: Kathleen FL. Trim back branch tips in late winter or early spring to shape the tea olive shrub. Make the pruning cut 1/4 inch above a lower pair of leaves, dormant buds or branch twig junction. Where branch tips encroach on a building facade, fence or other garden plant, trim the branch back farther so regrowth doesn't quickly put the branch right back into the wall or nearby bushclearance.pwg: Kathleen FL.

Sep 21, Fragrant tea olive, or sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans), can bloom off and on nearly year-round, so time pruning to follow peak bloom, which is fall through early winter in most cases.

Tea olives generally develop a strong, treelike structure with branches off one to three trunks without much help, so it's fine to skip an annual pruning if your plant is lush and a suitable bushclearance.pwg: Kathleen FL.

Q: When is the best time to prune sweet olive shrubs? Mine are six feet tall and bloom in spring and fall.



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A: I’d do it after the spring flowering period. Tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, blooms on twigs that grew in the last six to nine months. By pruning in spring, there’s plenty of time for new growth that will perfume the bushclearance.pwg: Kathleen FL.

Prune most tea olives before growth starts in spring, since they flower on current season’s growth. The two spring blooming species – O.

delavayi and O. americanus – should be pruned immediately after flowering. Be aware that tea olives that are pruned back severely may take several years to. The New Southern Living Garden Book describes the stats of the evergreen shrub this way,"Long a favorite of Southern gardeners, [tea olive is] broad, dense, compact.

Grows at a moderate rate to 15 feet tall and feet wide, though older plants may reach 30 feet tall and feet wide." The plants' foliage is very attractive, with glossy. Apr 22, Propagating Tea Olive. It's fairly easy to propagate tea olive.

Take a cutting in early winter when growth is slow. Cut a six- to eight-inch stem piece just above a leaf node, where a leaf meets the stem. Remove leaves from the bottom half of the stem. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone.



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