Large Leaf Tea

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Homegrown cuppa! Usually used to make white tea because of the large buds, the Large Leaf Tea Tree (Camellia sinensis) is an absolutely gorgeous, tropical broadleaf evergreen in its own right! Add burgundy-tinged new growth, great fall color, plus delicate white blossoms, and you’ll have an incredibly unique double-duty shrub or hedge!

Aptly named, the large leathery foliage has pronounced veins and a glossy surface. Each leaf with a delicately toothed edge, the bright green stems turn a warm brown as they age. The white blooms of delicate cupped petals have an explosion of butter yellow stamen in the centers that pollinators are drawn to each fall.

Long used in temperate climates and slopes of China and Japan, Camellia plants have been in cultivation for centuries. These are drought-tolerant, deer resistant and very ornamental plants with a wide range of tolerances, making them perfect edible landscaping additions to the home garden!

Planting and Application:

The large leaves fill out this impressively sized tree, but with some annual pruning you can keep these as modest-sized shrubs, or limb them up into multi-trunked accent trees! Tolerating partial sun to full shade, these are versatile accents and conversation pieces for front or back-yard gardening! Host a tea party with refreshing beverages made from the buds and new spring growth of your plant! Tea leaf plant buds can be dried, fermented, or steamed fresh to make a wide variety of tea types!

The large leaves and dense branching of these evergreens mean fantastic privacy and screening when used as a hedge, shelterbelt or windbreak. The rustling leaves and lovely blooms are sure to dress up any part of your property and reduce noise pollution.

  • Lovely White Blossoms & Distinct Yellow Stamen
  • Exfoliating Warm Brown Bark
  • Large Leaves Used for Traditional Tea
  • Tinted New Spring Growth & Fall Color
  • Adaptable Hedge or Specimen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Tea plants thrive in part sun to full shade, but you’ll get the most color from some sun. Provide shade in the afternoons if you are planting this Camellia in the hottest of its climate range. Provide good fertility in very well-drained soil.

  • Full & Part Sun to Full Shade
  • Rich, Moist Well-Drained Soils
  • Prune Late Winter or Early Spring
  • Deer & Drought Tolerant

If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, then you can grow your own Large Leaf Tea Tree is a fantastic addition to your property! Order edible gardening plants, shrubs and trees at NatureHills.com today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Large Leaf Tea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Camellia sinensis
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes