Fragrant Tea Olive 'Fudingzhu'

Osmanthus fragrans

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osmanthus (os-MAN-thus) (Info)
Species: fragrans (FRAY-granz) (Info)
Cultivar: Fudingzhu
Additional cultivar information:(aka Nanjing's Beauty)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brandon, Florida

Spring Hill, Florida

Savannah, Georgia

Bishopville, Maryland

Rutherford, New Jersey

Raleigh, North Carolina

Rolesville, North Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

Chapin, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Trenton, South Carolina

Houston, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Walla Walla, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 21, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I got mine from Nursery Caroliniana in late fall 2012 and within one month it was sending out flower buds. I don't find the fragrance any stronger than the regular osmanthus but it is a new plant and maybe not quite at home yet in my garden.

UPDATE Nov 2016: My shrub has declined slightly whereas my regular tea olive get better and better with time. I have changed my rating to NEUTRA as I think this cultivar is overrated.


On May 25, 2009, Guy07070 from Rutherford, NJ wrote:

I think I am just on the border (6b) re hardiness of this plant, but it survived the first winter here (albeit with only a third of the leaves by spring) and is growing again . . . it did flower profusely in the fall and might have done so longer if the weather were not so harsh. Maybe an antidessicant applied in the fall (e.g., Wilt-Prufe) would help preserve the leaves and decrease stresses due to sun, wind, and bitter cold on this tender evergreen.


On Dec 29, 2008, Chantell from Middle of, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This lovely plant came to me in bud and just started blooming the last few days. My goodness what a scent!!! It is all that everyone raves about...and this with just a few blooms. I have to lean in, at this point, to catch the scent but that's ok by me!! I'll know better later, when the plant has more blooms, whether the scent carries well. Safe to say I'm very pleased to have this as part of my fragrant collection!!!


On Aug 15, 2008, plantfreak78 from Rolesville, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Our nursery started carrying this cultivar early last fall and by late fall I had to have one. There are claims that it will bloom for 9 months out of the year and I'm not sure that they're true but they did bloom heavily for at least two months in fall and definitely outbloomed the other O. fragrans. I still haven't had a chance to plant mine but it bloomed intermittently all winter, then heavily in spring and it made it through winter outside in it's pot.