Large Leaf Tea Camellia
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Large Leaf Tea Camellia

Large Leaf Tea Camellia

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Tea' 


Long before the likes of Lipton and Bigelow, ancient cultures of China and Japan were perfecting the art of making tea using the Camellia sinensis, or large leaf tea camellia plant.  Teas made from the early spring growth (leaves and buds) are known to make especially flavorful green tea.  if you love tea, love camellias, or are interested in sustainable garden practices, try your hand and making your own tea using the Camellia sinensis. The Queen would approve. Cheers!


There are resources available for the the hobbyist and production-minded alike on how to best make your caffeinated beverages. What isn't always realized is that all true types of tea--green, black, white, oolong, etc. (that are not herbal--which are more accurately called tisanes) are made from sinensis camellias. Please do more research into this fascinating art, and use/process at your own risk.

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

Tea Camellias leaves can be harvested for making Tea, we will be adding the small leaf version in the near future. I'm planning to use these as a tall hedge at the back of my property as the are vigerous growers up to 15 feet and love the shade.

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 15'
Mature Width: 10'
Flower Season: Fall
Sun: Full shade to part sun
Hardiness Zone: 7 to 9
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7
20 to 30
-6.7 to -1.1

Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Camellia as they prefer fall planting with less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.

Large Leaf Tea Camellia goes well with: