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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 3.9 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tea plants They died within a month, I did everything I could, they arrived a little dry,
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My tea plant only survived 2 months My tea plant quite honestly did not arrive in really good condition. The plant was only about 3 inches tall and the leaves were already started shedding. The packing material was minimal. This plant didn't look dormant, it looked like it was on the verge of death. However, I've been known to rehab some plants before, I decided this would be my next project. I climatized my tea plant outside, by putting it in a small pot, better soil, watering it according to instructions, and waited for some life. When it looked stable enough, I put it into a sunny spot in my front yard. Quite honestly, the 3-4 leaves remaining, did not show new growth. It eventually died.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought this plant a year ago, doing great I was worried this wouldn't overwinter well as I live in an apartment and would have to bring it indoors. It went dormant during winter, but started producing leaves again about a month ago and is looking very vibrant and green. It hasn't flowered for me yet, and I haven't harvested any leaves because I want to wait until it's more of a full shrub, but it's still a lovely, full plant.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love my Tea plants (Camellia sinensis I have bought 2 tea plants from this site. Ordering was easy, both plants came healthy with dark green leaves. I have planted in one gallon pot in next day and left in porch. However, the leaves seem burnt by sun in CA central coast (zone 9). There are some new growth, I've noticed. Not sure, if the regular Miracle grow potting soil is good enough for them or not. They grow in Himalayan region, so I am sure, they can withstand cold climate, but not sure, if CA sun is ok for them or not. Moved them to partial shade in porch, still worried. Hopefully, they will make it. They both are babies, I will keep posted about them if it helps
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tea plant cold hardiness? There are many sites with conflicting info on Camellia Sinensis hardiness zones, some say it can be grown upto zone 6b, and I am near that borderline. I bought your tea plant last year, and I planted it in a larger clay pot, and have it on the porch, away from the potential of damaging frost, but I am testing it for winter hardiness. We are almost through the winter, and my plant still has green leaves on it! I am pretty sure that it will bounce back in full bloom this year, and I am happy to report that it has survived a cold Pennsylvania winter! I would not risk leaving it out in the snow overnight, but it has held up very well in freezing temperatures.
Date published: 2013-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful plants After months of anticipation these plants showed up in beautiful condition and at the.perfect time to plant. Plants look like I could begin harvesting leaves already! Wish there was a bit more planting information as these aren't typical plants you would plant every day, but with the condition they showed up in it seems the transition.should be pretty easy. I'll update how these plants do in our hot, dry (interment of rain), but humid summers.
Date published: 2012-03-14
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