Tea Olive (Sweet Olive) – Pruning

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

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 neighborhood.

Pruning Tea Olive

Growing Tea Olive


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