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Tea Plant
Harvest Green or Black Tea from Your Own Backyard!
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Tea Plant

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 49948
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Fragrant flowers and shiny berries add to the appeal!

Evergreen beauty, compact enough for containers!
Did you know that green teas and black teas come from the exact same plant? The only difference is how they're harvested. That means that when you grow this charming little shrub, you can cure and brew your own teas, just the way you like them!

But delicious tea is only the beginning of this shrub's merits. It's a broadleaf evergreen, with long, leathery, glossy dark green leaves that can reach 5 inches long. From mid-fall into early winter, it blooms, and the white 1½-inch flowers are sweetly fragrant. They are followed by small (¾-inch), shiny berries. All this, and tea too!

Tea Plant is a Camellia, and like its ornamental cousins, it prefers partial shade in the garden or a not-too-bright window if grown in indoors. It thrives in acidic soil, likes being an understory beneath high pines and other woodland trees, and also thrives as a houseplant. Morning sun is fine, but protect it from the strongest afternoon sun if you are growing it in a warm area. Keep it trimmed to just the size you want or, if you have the space, let it go -- it will probably reach 4 to 6 feet high and 4 feet wide in containers, somewhat larger if grown unrestrained in the garden.

Have fun concocting your favorite tea recipes with this easy-to-grow and year-round attractive shrub! Zones 7-10.

Genus Camellia
Species sinensis
Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Zone 7 - 10
Bloom Start to End Mid Fall - Early Winter
Habit Upright
Plant Height 4 ft - 6 ft
Plant Width 4 ft
Bloom Size 1.5 in
Additional Characteristics Berries, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Indoor Growing
Bloom Color White
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Ornamental
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Arizona
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