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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: $15.00

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 "Korea" seeds
Camellia sinensis "Korea"
Our Price: $15.00

Camellia sinensis "Korea" seeds
Camellia sinensis "Korea"
Our Price: $20.00

Camellia sinensis "Korea" seeds
Camellia sinensis "Korea"
Our Price: $30.00

Camellia sinensis 'Sochi Tea'
Camellia sinensis "Sochi"
Our Price: $15.00

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)
Camellia sinensis 'Assamica Tea'
Camellia sinensis 'Assamica Tea'
Our Price: $30.00

(zone 7-10)- These are 2-year-old seedlings. Assam Tea is a vigorous large leaf tea specimen with attractive dark green foliage. This makes an excellent tasting tea, and has abundant tips to harvest from.

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 'Christine's Choice'
Camellia sinensis 'Christine's Choice'
Our Price: $20.00

(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: $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 Large leaf form
Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Form
Our Price: $15.00

(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 Large leaf form
Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Form'
Our Price: $40.00

(zone 7-10)- Grown from rooted cuttings. 2 year old plants, 24-30" tall. 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