Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)
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Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Regular price $19.95
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Camellia sinensis is a beautiful and popular evergreen shrub that is drought tolerant, cold hardy and easy to grow— This plant is quite literally everybody’s cup of tea. The secrets of the tea plant were guarded for centuries by the Chinese who prized it as an economic crop, now it’s a worldwide household staple. The leaves of Camellia sinensis are used as the base plant for most teas we consume: Green, black, oolong, white tea, and more. Camellia tea is made using leaves and flower buds which are the main parts of the plant, but even the twigs can contribute to a unique Camellia brew. 

Camellia sinensis is native to East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and southeast Asia, where it is cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates. Left undisturbed, your green tea plant can grow to an impressive 10 ft. However, most people choose to maintain them as smaller shrubs for easy harvesting at 5 ft or less. The fragrant flowers of camellia have a likeness to roses, and will bloom towards the late fall and early winter when the peak of other plants seems to have passed. Harvest the leaves of Camellia sinensis often, depending on your desired use.

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How to Grow Green Tea

Plant Type: Small Evergreen Tree, Shrub

Harvest: Year-round

Size: Tea shrubs can grow up to 10 ft. but are usually kept smaller to about 4-5 ft. for ease of harvesting.

Soil & Moisture: Moist, rich, well-draining soil.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 7-11 Easily overwintered indoors.

Green Tea Health Benefits

Green Tea is prized for its medicinal uses, with its natural Caffeine, Theobromine, and Xanthine content. Regular consumption of green tea can improve gut health, regulate nerves, protect against disease, and help cure infections in the digestional tract. Externally, it can be made into a poultice to heal bug bites and sunburn.


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