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Camellia sinensis (The Tea Plant)

These are the plants from which white, green, black, 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. Though a professional tea taster could likely tell the difference between large leaf and small leaf tea, we find them all delightful.
Tea is harvested throughout the growing season; as often as every 10 days. At this rate, a large plant can produce quite a bit of tea, but a hedge may be needed to provide a family with a daily supply. The flavor and aroma of freshly processed and brewed tea far outshines that of it's prepackaged, store-bought counterparts. Think of it as you would a loaf of fresh sourdough bread: the flavor changes as time passes but eventually it's just stale, right?

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 Camellia sinensis "Korea" seeds
Camellia sinensis "Korea"
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?) 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 "Korea" seeds Camellia sinensis from China Camellia sinensis 'Sochi Tea'
Camellia sinensis "Korea"
Our Price: $20.00
Camellia sinensis "Sochi"
Our Price: $20.00
These are seedlings grown from plants originating at Chiri Mountain in Korea. These have been very cold hardy and have leaves slightly larger than small leaf tea. (zone 7-10)- This clone of tea is grown from plants saved from a Lipton owned plantation in Alabama before all the plants were destroyed. The plant is similar to the small leaf form we sell but appears to be slightly more upright growing. The flowers are typical small white flowers in October and November. The growth is vigorous and plants have established in the ground quite easily. The cold hardiness is very good the last two years which have tested many plants to their limits so I am confident in rating this zone 7A.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7A
Flower Form, Size: Single, Small
Habit: Vigorous, upright and spreading
Bloom Time (NC): September - November
10 year size: 8'T X 8'W
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 fall 2017, these are rooted cuttings about 12 inches tall.
Camellia sinensis 'Charlotte' Camellia sinensis 'Chelsea' Camellia sinensis 'Christine's Choice'
(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' Camellia sinensis 'Dave's Fave' Camellia sinensis Large leaf form
(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
This cultivar was selected for its dense growth habit and more rounded leaves. 'Dave's Fave' is clonally propagated and has proven to be quite cold hardy. USDA zone 7A (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 from China Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', Pink-flowered tea Camellia sinensis 'Teabreeze'
(zone 7-10)- This clone of tea is grown from plants saved from a Lipton owned plantation in Alabama before all the plants were destroyed. The plant is similar to the small leaf form we sell but appears to be slightly more upright growing. The flowers are typical small white flowers in October and November. The growth is vigorous and plants have established in the ground quite easily. The cold hardiness is very good the last two years which have tested many plants to their limits so I am confident in rating this zone 7A.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7A
Flower Form, Size: Single, Small
Habit: Vigorous, upright and spreading
Bloom Time (NC): September - November
10 year size: 8'T X 8'W
2 year old plant - 2qt 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
1 year old plant = 2 quart pot.

'Teabreeze' was selected for its ornamental traits as a good landscape plant and can be used to make drinkable tea as well. Limited Quantities

Hardy to USDA Zone 7
Camellia sinensis from China Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, Small Leaf Tea Grow Your Own Tea Shirt
Grow Your Own Tea Shirt
Our Price: $20.00
(zone 7-10)- This form is seed grown and sold in a 1qt pot, as a 1 year old seedling 4-12" tall, single stem. This selection of tea has medium sized leaves and tends to bloom heavily at a young age. The origin of these seeds is an unknown area of China but these are distinct from other varieties.

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
An excellent shrub for the landscape that has small white flowers in the early autumn, and a compact branching habit. The plant usually grows as a multi-stemmed small shrub usually not growing more than 6 feet tall. Tea is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions from full sun to deep shade although the ideal situation is light shade or half a day of sun. This variety is widely cultivated in Japan. Using our recipe, tea made from these plants is delicious with a mild flavor. (Zone 6B) [2 year old plant, 3 quart pot] Show your love for tea and Camellia Forest with our new t shirt.