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Tea, Camellia sinensis

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Make your own dried tea leaves.

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Harvest leaves all summer long to dry and make into delightful rich green or black tea. This shrub will flower in the fall.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-72 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-72 inches

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Genus The first part of the botanical name of the product referring to the genus of the plant.

Camellia sinensis

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48-72 inches
48-72 inches
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Camellia sinensis
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Tea, Camellia sinensis is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leaf Rust/Brown Spots I purchased three of these plants, they arrived in a timely manner and were protected very well during shipping. Disappointed one of the plants had brown spots on the leaves the other two were nice and healthy. I immediately transplanted them into 2 and 5 gallon pots with organic soil, sand, pea gravel, peat moss and organic compost. They are thriving Beautifully.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good plant--questionable instructions I bought one of these years ago and nearly killed it by following Burpee's instructions to grow it in "full sun." The leaves kept turning brown, so I'd give it more water, thinking that my climate's low humidity was drying the plant out (I live in zone 10 and it can get very hot and dry in summer). I almost killed the plant's roots by overwatering. Eventually another plant next to the camellia grew very tall and suddenly the camellia was thriving--it loved the dappled light! Now it's doing great, especially since I repotted it with the same acid soil that I give to my blueberries.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item! I ordered three. One came with a broken side branch, but that was no biggie. I repotted them, noticing by the roots that they were overdue. Once they became established they exploded with new growth. Quite happy.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vigorous starts growing Well I am starting my own Tea Plantation this year with two Camellia Sinensis bushes I bought from Burpee as starts (a few leaves and a root ball). They have done well in the 20-gallon planters I am using. I just put a second side dressing of compost on earlier this week and they both responded with new leaves/branches. I plan to add two of these a year for the next five years or so to line my driveway with Tea bushes. By the time I retire I'll have all the tea I'll need grown in my own garden!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mehhh One of the two that I bought arrived with only one leaf. It's growing a bit, but I'm not sure of its future.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from mixed results I was given two tea plants as a Christmas gift. I had to wait 3 months for delivery due to the cold weather, but when they arrived they looked okay. I planted each in a pot to allow the roots to establish before planting into the garden. Now 3 months later, one plant is outside and doing well, the other died. The friend who gave the plants had good results with her plants. I haven't decided if I'll buy another or not.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a real orental green tea tree plant. I brought two tea trees in one week ago. One is excellent condition, and the other is the trunk damaged, but it will survived without problem. The tree is 1/4" thick, 4" in tall (8" chopped to 4") 2-year age. The pot is 4"x4"x6". I cooked one dried leave. It is the green tea flavor.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely camellias, soon-to-be tea too! I bought two of these tea plants several months ago and they arrived healthy & happy, both in bloom (lovely little white flowers). I potted both into 3 gallon containers because we're renovating our yard and their final home -- a large raised bed -- hasn't yet been constructed. They established quickly in the pots and have grown well through the winter, tripling in size; admittedly our California winters are benign and perennials tend to put on growth in our "cool" season (can't really call it a proper winter!). If their early performance is any indication they will do splendidly once their new home is ready for them. They are beautiful plants and I can't wait to harvest my own green tea. We're delighted with our purchase.
Date published: 2017-03-16
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