Fragrant flowers and shiny berries add to the appeal!
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.
|Item Form||Trade Gallon (3qt)|
|Zone||7 - 10|
|Bloom Start to End||Mid Fall - Early Winter|
|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|
|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|