Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tea and olives? Ew. Tea olive shrub? Ah!

In certain parts of the country, mostly in the South, there's a lovely shrub that struts its stuff this time of year. It's called the tea olive, and it's basically a bellwether for autumnal temperature changes. When the thermometer swings, the tea olive blooms — and releases a wild, wonderful citrusy scent.

No idea why they're named tea olives. Anyone?


  1. Osmanthus! Often used to flavor teas, particularly oolongs, they'd all over the Hangzhou area (the West Lake of Dragon Well fame).

    No idea why they are called tea olives though.