By: Patricia H.
Jan 06, Don't get carried away when doing this. About half the height of the plant should have foliage. So, for a 6-foot-tall sweet olive, remove the branches on the lower 3 feet of the plant.
Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Most varieties of sweet olive should be pruned in early spring, before new growth begins. Step 1 Prune to control shape and size in early spring. Remove the branches back to their point of origin and follow the natural shape of the stumpdelimbing.clubg: Gretna LA.
How to Prune Sweet Olive Trees Prune to control shape and size in early spring. Clip off any branches that are crossed or rubbing against one another. Remove dead, diseased or damaged foliage as necessary. Trim back to a height of 6 to 8 inches if many branches begin to die or if the tree has developed an unattractive stumpdelimbing.clubg: Gretna LA.
Jul 04, Shearing of Tea Olive can be performed any time of year, however, to avoid damaging new growth that emerges after pruning, I recommend ceasing pruning two months prior to the average first frost date in your area.
Heavy pruning to reduce the size or to tree form your Tea Olive should be performed in late winter, while the plant is stumpdelimbing.clubg: Gretna LA. 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 stumpdelimbing.clubg: Gretna LA. Oct 29, Cuttings taken from half-ripened wood root well when placed in moist growing medium. Pruning is not usually necessary, but old specimens can be limbed up and grown as small evergreen trees. A striking form of the sweet olive is Osmanthus fragrans f. stumpdelimbing.clubg: Gretna LA.