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Camellia sinensis (The Tea Plant)

These varieties are the plants from which green, black, white, and oolong tea are produced. Each type (green vs. black) is made using different processing before drying of the leaves. We have made tea from many of these varieties and found the taste to be very similar from one variety to the next if the same processing is used. I'm sure a professional tea taster could tell the difference between large leaf and small leaf tea, but I can't taste any difference.

Tea is harvested many times a year (as often as every 10 days), so a large plant can produce quite a bit of tea, but a hedge may be needed to supply a family with a daily supply. Freshly made tea is superior to tea which has been stored for even a few months.

Many of these are grown from open-pollinated seed and tea is known to hybridize freely with other types of tea, so these may bot be the pure and true varieties. These seedlings do have the general characteristics of each variety.

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Camellia sinensis Black Sea Tea
Camellia sinensis "Black Sea Tea"
Our Price: $20.00

These are seedlings grown from a clone developed at Russian tea research stations in what is now the country of Georgia. These will have similar genetics to the Sochi Tea so we expect the plants to have good cold hardiness, good vigor and attractive large leaves. The tea plantations in this area are on the coast of the Black Sea and I hear plants that grow here in NC such as Magnolia grandiflora also grow in this area. (Zone 6B?)
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi Tea'
Camellia sinensis "Sochi"
Our Price: $20.00

These are seedlings of plants originating in a Russian tea plantation. The plants have good cold hardiness, good vigor and attractive large leaves. This strain has proven to be some of the hardiest tea as reported by growers in northern Virginia and Maryland. (Zone 6B). For spring 2016, these are small seedlings about 4-6 inches tall in one quart pots.
Camellia sinensis 'Dave's Fave'
Our Price: $20.00

(zone 7-10) This is a superior strain tea selected by owner of Camellia Forest, David Parks. It has large, rounded leaves and short internodes, and thus it develops into a full, well-rounded bush. It is vigorous and will make abundant shoots for making tea.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7
Flower Form, Size: Single, Small
Habit: Vigorous, Spreading
Bloom Time (NC): September - November
10 year size: 8'T X 8'W
Camellia sinensis Black Sea Tea
Camellia sinensis 'Fuiri'
Our Price: $20.00

'Fuiri' is a variegated leaf form of tea obtained from a Hawaiian customer with a huge Camellia collection. A google search does not turn up anything so the origin story of this is a secret. The leaf on this variety has a irregular white edge and there are yellow mottles caused by the yellow mottle virus. The plant is slow growing at first but once established it grows pretty well. The leaves are relatively small compared to other tea plants. I expect this will be grown as a collector's plant or as an ornamental rather than for harvesting the leaves. It has typical white single flowers like other Camellia sinensis. The ultimate size is unknown.
Camellia sinensis Large leaf form
Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Form
Our Price: $20.00

(zone 7-10)- These are small seedlings about 3-4 inches tall. This year the $20 plants are a much better value. What sets this variety apart from the others is the large and leathery leaves and it can be identified just by feeling the thickness of a single leaf. The plant becomes a multi-trunked tree to about 15 feet tall. This variety starts blooming as early as August from spherical buds that open into cup shaped white flowers. It is a profuse bloomer and produces many nickel sized fruits. When harvesting tea this has the advantage that your bag fills up much faster because the shoots are larger.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7
Flower Form, Size: Single, Small
Habit: Vigorous, Spreading
Bloom Time (NC): September - November

Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink-flowered tea
Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink Flowered Tea
Our Price: $30.00

2 year old plant - 1 gallon pot

Pale pink flowers are produced in profusion on this shrub in early autumn. The burgundy new growth is the most outstanding quality of this variety but the red pigment is found in all parts of the plant from the roots to the bright pink filaments of the flowers. The size of the leaves and character of the plant are similar to the Small-leaf form of tea.

Hardy to USDA Zone 7A
Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink Flowered Tea
Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink Flowered Tea
Our Price: $20.00

Pale pink flowers are produced in profusion on this shrub in early autumn. The burgundy new growth is the most outstanding quality of this variety, but the red pigment is found in all parts of the plant from the roots to the bright pink filaments of the flowers. The size of the leaves and character of the plant are similar to the small-leaf form of tea. (Zone 7a) [2 quart pot]
Camellia sinensis 'Silver Dust''
Our Price: $20.00

This is a tea with white speckling throughout the leaves. The flush in early summer can be almost pure white while late summer flushes are green. We made one small batch of tea from the white shoots and found it to be very mild with no bitterness.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7
Flower Form, Size: Single, Small
Habit: Vigorous, Spreading
Bloom Time (NC): September - November
10 year size: 8'T X 8'W
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi Tea'
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi'
Our Price: $45.00

These are seedlings of plants originating in a Russian tea plantation. The plants have good cold hardiness, good vigor and attractive large leaves. (Zone 7A) [6 quart pot]
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi Tea'
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi'
Our Price: $65.00

These are grown from rooted cuttings of selected plants originating in a Russian tea plantation. The plants have good cold hardiness, good vigor and attractive large leaves. (Zone 6B to 7A)

Price is for a plant in a 3 gallon pot.