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Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Regular price $16.95

Live Green Tea Plant
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

Green Tea is an evergreen shrub that is cultivated for making tea, a beloved beverage around the world.  The plant is drought tolerant, cold hardy and easy to grow. Generally the shrub is maintained through clipping to keep it at a manageable height of 5 feet or less. If left undisturbed in it's natural habitat, the plant will grow into a giant tree! It features broad leaves and fragrant white flowers. The leaves and flower buds are the main parts of the plant processed for use in Tea, but the entire plant can be utilized for this purpose, including the twigs.

Green Tea is prized as a healthy and rich hot drink with stimulating and medicinal properties. Green Tea naturally contains Caffeine, Theobromine, and other Xanthines which aid in it's stimulating and medicinal effects.

Green Tea is the most popular drink in the world, and has been cultivated since ancient times. The secrets of the Tea plant were guarded for centuries by the Chinese who prized it as an economic crop, essential to their regional trade. Camellia sinesis is native to East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and southeast Asia where it is cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates. 

The quality of the Tea leaf depends on at what point in the plant's life cycle the leaf is harvested, and it's method of preparation. This results in many variations of Tea including Green Tea, White Tea, and Oolong, Black Tea, and others. All these variations are achieved from the same plant, Camellia sinensis and it's cultivars. 

Some of the medicinal benefits of Green Tea include as an astringent, and as a nerve tonic. It's claimed to help eyesight. Green Tea is excellent for the treatment of infections in the digestinal tract, usually through the consumption of 2-3 hot cups of the drink throughout the day until symptoms subsist. The leaves can be used externally and fresh as a poultice for the treatment of bug bites and sunburn. 
Grow your own and enjoy all of the benefits of delicious home grown tea! 

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Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Small Evergreen Tree, Shrub

Harvest: Year-round

Size: Tea shrubs can grow up to 10 feet, 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


Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 7-11.  Easily overwintered indoors.

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.