Sweet olive trees (Osmanthus fragrans) can also be known as fragrant tea olive or fictitious holly, because of their aroma and since the leaves look like holly. It grows as both a tree and a compact shrub in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7b through 10b. In the late winter and early spring, this evergreen shrub blooms clusters of white flowers. It blooms in early fall and late summer. The flowers of this sweet olive generate a pleasant scent that is likened to orange blossom, roses, jasmine or gardenia. Replant or transplant candy olive trees in winter, a minumum of one month before the shrub blooms.
Eliminating the Sweet Olive Tree
Gauge the width of the brow of this sweet olive. For every 1 inch width, start digging one foot away from the back. If the tree’s trunk is 3 inches wide, start digging in a distance of three feet away from this tree’s base.
Dig in a downward angle around this tree’s base. Dig around the root system of the tree, forming a ball, keeping the existing dirt surrounding the root system of the tree intact.
Cut a sheet of burlap to fit around the sides of the main ball. Wrap the burlap after around the root ball of the olive tree. Use nails to secure the burlap ends and hold it in place.
Bring a length of twine and start wrapping it around the tree’s root ball. Wrap around the burlap multiple times from top to base, and in numerous directions, to maintain the burlap in place. Cut and tie the twine once the burlap is protected.
Start rocking the shrub forth and back until the root ball from the hole loosens and breaks off from the ground. Lift the sweet olive tree out of this hole.
Replanting a Sweet Olive Tree
Choose. Sweet olive trees grow between 6 and 30 feet tall, depending upon the cultivar, and require at least six to eight feet of spacing between different plantings.
Assess the width and length of the main ball. Dig a hole that is 1 to 2 inches shallower than the main ball’s period and twice as wide. Use a pickaxe or a spade to loosen the soil inside the planting hole so that the roots of this sweet olive become recognized.
Put the tree inside the planting hole and position it so that it stands straight. Remove nails the twine and burlap from the tree’s root ball. Olive trees favor neutral to acidic soils mix a evergreen plant food mixture into the soil before filling the hole back in.
Fill the hole back in with soil. Mulch at least 2 to 3 inches around this tree’s base. Do not set the mulch against this tree’s back. Twist a hose onto a minimal flow and set the hose.