The tea olive plant is part of the osmanthus family, and also is used to make osmanthus tea.
It is a landscape shrub or tree and grows to 20 feet in height and about 6 feet wide. It makes an excellent screen or hedge. The pale yellow/white flowers are very fragrant, so plant your tea olive where you will be able to enjoy its intoxicating scent.
The tea olive blooms for all seasons except during the summer months, when flowering is sparatic. The tea olive is hardy in zones 8-10 and is a delight in the garden.
Tea Olive - Osmanthus
The tea olive is native to Asia, and the blooms are prized for their fragrance and as an addition to traditional types of tea leaves. You can often find the tea olive blossoms, known as osmanthus in green tea, black tea and white tea.
The blossoms are simply dried, and added to the dried loose tea leaves for a delicious tea blend. If you are going to blend your own osmanthus tea, you should seal the container, and allow it to sit for a few weeks so the tea absorbs the tea olive fragrance into the leaves.
If you are looking to buy some olive tea flowers to do your own infusions, we recommend Mountain Rose. Their osmanthus flowers are organic and originate from Asia. You can visit their site by following the banner below. You will find the olive tea under the heading Osmanthus.
You can also buy osmanthus tea loose, and in tea bag form produced commercially, here are some of the top brands.
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