Large Leaf Tea Camellia
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Large Leaf Tea Camellia

Large Leaf Tea Camellia

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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!

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 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.