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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 ptilophylla
Our Price: $12.00

1 year old seedling. This tea has slight differences from C. sinensis so we are listing this as a separate species rather than a variety of C. sinensis. It is a small tree from Guangdong province with leaves up to 7 inches long and pubescence (small hairs) on most surfaces except the top of the leaf blade. Because of the hairs it is used to make “White-hair tea” which is a special high-quality tea. Zone 7B
Camellia sinensis 'Christine's Choice'
Camellia sinensis 'Christine's Choice'
Our Price: $16.00

(zone 7-10)- A Camellia Forest introduction, selected as a particularly fine individual identified from our tea test plot here at the nursery. The plant has deep green, medium sized leaves and a vigorous, spreading habit. the leaves are long and narrow and it has many group tips to harvest tea from. These are rooted cuttings sold in a 2qt pot. 6-15" Tall with some branching; one year old rooted cuttings.

A Camellia Forest Introduction.
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 'Dave's Fave'
Our Price: $16.00

(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 'Dave's Fave'
Our Price: $40.00

(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 Large leaf form
Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Form'
Our Price: $12.00

(zone 7-10)- Grown from rooted cuttings. 2-4 year old plants, 24-30" tall. 5What 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 Large leaf form
Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Form'
Our Price: $40.00

(zone 7-10)- Grown from rooted cuttings. 2-4 year old plants, 24-30" tall. 5What 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 'Large Leaf'
Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Form'
Our Price: $20.00

(zone 7-10)- Grown as rooted cuttings, sold in 3qt pots. 1 year old plants 12-24" tall with some branching. 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
10 year size: 15'T X 15'W
Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink Flowered Tea
Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink Flowered Tea
Our Price: $16.00

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 'Rosea', Pink Flowered Tea
Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink Flowered Tea
Our Price: $40.00

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)
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi Tea'
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi'
Our Price: $16.00

These are seedlings of plants originating in a Russian tea plantation. The plants have good cold hardiness, good vigor and attractive large leaves. (Zone 7)