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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 the leaves are dried. We have made tea from many of these varieties and found the taste to be 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.

The vast majority of our tea plants are grown from open-pollinated seed and Camellia sinensis is known to freely hybridize within the species. Though this means that though our plants may not be exact copies of their parents, each plant shares the general characteristics of it's (known) parent.

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Camellia sinensis Black Sea Tea Camellia sinensis "Black Sea Tea"

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?)

Our Price: $30.00
Camellia sinensis 'Black Sea Tea' Camellia sinensis "Black Sea Tea"

These are seedlings grown from a clone developed at Russian tea research stations on the coast of the Black Sea, in what is now the country of Georgia. These will have similar genetics to Sochi Tea and have so far proven to have good cold hardiness and vigor, and large, attractive leaves.

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia sinensis 'Sochi Tea' Camellia sinensis "Sochi"

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.

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia sinensis Large leaf form Camellia sinensis 'Large Leaf Form

(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

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia sinensis 'Teabreeze' Camellia sinensis 'Teabreeze'

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

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia sinensis from China Camellia sinensis from China

(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

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, Small Leaf Tea Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, Small Leaf Tea

(zone 6B-10)- These seedlings are in a 1 quart pot and are 10-12 inches tall, most are a single stem with some branching. 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 to 8 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.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 6B
Flower Form, Size: Single, Small
Habit: Vigorous, Spreading
Bloom Time (NC): September - November
10 year size: 6'T X 6'W

Our Price: $20.00
Grow Your Own Tea Shirt Grow Your Own Tea Shirt

Show your love for tea and Camellia Forest with our new t shirt.

Our Price: $20.00