I ordered 2 tea olive shrubs on e-bay. But I wasn't fast enough to get them in the ground before the cold started. Sooo...I'm desperately over-wintering the poor dears with a few other things in our basement. There is a very long wooden shelf built along one wall & we have hung 24" shop lamps in rows of 2 across the table.
One of the tea olive has dropped all of its leaves, but it's branches are still flexible & healthy. The OTHER has many blossoms! I was so excited to see them! I haven't smelled a tea olive in soooo long. When they bloom I'll post pics. Unfortunately I can't post the pics in smell-o-vision!
I have read various reports about their genus. I've heard both camellia & holly. Anyone know for sure?
Oh I just had to share this with you all - I knew other gardener could appreciate this!
When I went to Florida State Univ I was walking between a couple of buildings when I was nearly overcome by a scent sooo sweet, but also somehow fruity. It came from tiny white flowers that, when open aren't a lot bigger than the top of your picky finger. It grows into a right great shrub. But I don't mind. I have wanted to smell one again...or better yet grow them.
I haven't checked on my trailing arbutus up close, but I believe I see greenery peeking through the fallen leaves. So I may be back with pics of both of them. Sounds great huh?!?
Stay calm and carry on.