Camellia sinensis

Tea Plant

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Tea Plant is a full-sized evergreen shrub an upright habit and glossy serrated leaves that stay deep green year-round commonly used for teas.  Small but highly fragrant white flowers with yellow stamen bloom from early fall into winter which attracts butterflies.  Best blooms occur in partial sun and acidic, well-drained soil.  

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

10’ - 15’ 

Spread: 

6’ - 10’

Spacing: 

8’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

7 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPartial Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

FallYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Medium maintenance. Too much water retention can increase susceptibility to fungal diseases, including root rot, black mold, blight, canker, anthracnose, and leaf spots.  Watch for aphids and spider mites.   Yellowing leaves indicate acidity too low. Fertilize monthly in spring and summer. If desired, remove all but one bud from each cluster to increase the size of the flower. Prune immediately after flowering.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized AreasScreening, Foundation Plantings, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:   AzaleaFlowering CherryBleeding Heart

 

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