Tea Plant (Camellia sinensis) in the Camellias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 to 15 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Other: 3/4 inch shiny capsules.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Culinary Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Soak seed in warm water for 24 hours before sowing.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Hardwood cuttings should be taken from winter to summer, treated with rooting hormone and with bottom heat of 72 degrees recommended. Rooting is slow.
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on May 5, 2012 12:52 PM

Camellia sinensis prefers a well drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil rich in organic matter (2 parts peat moss or compost to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite). The root hairs are very fine, so the plant can not be allowed to dry out completely. Increase watering when the plant is actively growing and when the plant is in bloom. Fertilize every 2-3 weeks in the spring through fall, use a fertilizer for acid loving plants diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Repot every 2-4 years in late winter or early spring.

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