Where to plant a sweet olive tree

Updated February 21, 2017

A sweet olive tree, also known as a tea olive, is a hardy olive tree that produces attractive flowers in the spring. Planting a sweet olive correctly is important for encouraging healthy growth.


Sweet olive trees thrive in moist, well-drained and slightly acidic soil. Tea olives can grow in clay, loam and sand. They also need partial to full shade or sun throughout the day, although direct sunlight can scorch the leaves of some variants of this tree.

Growth Zone

According to University of Florida Extension, sweet or tea olive trees grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 7 through 9, or in the southern United States where it is warm and humid throughout much of the year.

Hedge Planting

Sweet olive trees can be planted as a hedge, with a row or group of the trees planted close together. Leave 10 to 15 feet between each tree to allow the crown of the trees to grow to their fullest extent.

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