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Sale Camellia sinensis tea plant flower

Camellia sinensis Korean Form (Korean tea)

$29.00
Fall 2018

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Evergreen shrub

This is the true tea bush. Yes, indeed, the beverage is also a garden-worthy evergreen shrub.

Why isn't everybody talking about what a massive block of leaves this shrub forms? This plant should be used more in gardens! We had two in front of our former house and they were vigorous evergreen screens that never missed a beat in zone 8 heat. The droughts never caused it the flag. We never saw any insects, but we did find a few stray seedlings (seedlings are a boon for potting up for passalong plants).

Tea shrubs are fantastic screening evergreens that are also useful - this shrub is obviously better known as the purveyor of caffeine when steeped in water. Tea for brewing can be made in your own back yard by pinching off the new growth and drying these young leaves in the sun. It does take a lot of pinching to make enough for a refreshing pitcher of tea, but you can do it rather easily.

The flowers look exactly like small Camellia flowers (because they are!). These white flowers are smaller than the strictly ornamental Camellias you're familiar with -  they are curiosities and cannot compete with their showy Camellia siblings in that regard. Tea flowers in the autumn, like many other Camellias.

Our form is the Korean line of tea with 1" diameter flowers and prominent yellow stamens. Some years flowering can be quite heavy, to provide fall interest, especially because the white flower buds are large and showy, almost as large as the flowers themselves.

  • evergreen screening shrub
  • edible ornamental: plant lots of tea bushes and brew your own caffeinated beverages
  • tea shrubs are heat-tolerant stalwarts, but this Korean form brings a little more cold hardiness
  • edible ornamental
Common Name
tea
Other Names
n/a
USDA Hardiness Zones
7b-10b
Size
medium
Class
evergreen, edible
Shape
oval
Height
8-10'
Width
6-8'
Growth Rate
fast
Flower Color
white
Showy Flower?
no
Flower Season
fall
Leaf Colors
  • Winter: dark green
  • Summer: dark green
  • Fall: dark green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
evergreen and holds dark green color well in the cold, doesn't bronze
Native to USA?
no
Native To
Korea
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden, moist-but-draining
Soil pH Requirements
acid
Light Requirements
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
warm, mild climate
Plant Patent
n/a
This is a camellia species, can it really grow in full sun?
Yes, the leaves stay healthy and green and without sunburn. It also grows well in full shade, but will be a little more open-growing (more tight and dense in sun).

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