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    Cold Hardy Tea Plant for Sale

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Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla.


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Cold Hardy Tea Plant Planting Mix

Helps your Cold Hardy Tea Plant get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full Sun


4-5 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla.

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Grow Your Own Tea Organically

Grow your own hardy Cold Hardy tea plants to enjoy truly superior tea! This is a descendent of the original tea plant, first used in China thousands of years ago for medicinal purposes, and one of the hardiest of all the Camellia sinensis, with smaller, narrower leaves especially favored for making green and oolong tea. Freshly made tea is far superior to tea stored for even a few months, and you can enjoy unmatched flavor and freshness by growing your own and using age-old and simple techniques (see the instructions below) to grow and process your own tea! They take well to pot culture, so people in colder areas can grow their own tea, too, and bring the plants indoors for the winter.

A few plants will supply you with a lifetime of delicious tea, fresh and as pure as possible! Though tea plants need some time to become established before being harvested, you can start picking some leaves after 2 or 3 years, and by 5 years, a single plant should yield enough to fill all your tea-drinking needs. If you want to grow for several people, allow one plant per person, and you'll never need to buy tea again! The tea plant is very long-lived (one ancient specimen is over 1700 years old!!) and will grow to a very large shrub if left on its own. To use it for tea production, which uses only the new growth at stem tips, you will want to keep it pruned to about 3 or 4 feet to make it easy to harvest, and to keep it producing fresh new stems.

When you grow it yourself, you know your tea is pure and healthy! In today's world, the best way to have peace of mind that no chemicals or pesticides are used on your food is to grow it yourself! This lets you enjoy all the delicious flavor of tea, as wholesome and pure as you can make it. Using fresh, untreated leaves also lets you enjoy to the maximum the numerous possible health benefits from the phytochemicals and antioxidants contained in your tea. It makes an attractive hedge, with deliciously fragrant flowers. If you are growing for several people, a hedge is a great way to grow your plants. And, in fall and winter, you'll have the added bonus, of small white flowers that will perfume the area with their delicious fragrance!

Save thousands of dollars! A few plants will pay for themselves in as little as one month! After that it's Free Tea for you, your kids, your grand kids and their kids lives... because tea plants will produce for over 100 years.

Just snip off the leaves and dry. Use them fresh or store them. Some people like to grow extra to give away as healthy gifts.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
24 Reviews
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This plant is great! I have saved hundreds of dollars growing my own tea. Their really is nothing like a fresh cup of tea. I will definitely be buying a third tea plant!
January 1, 2013
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
Doing well
I have mine in a plant indoors and it seems to be doing well so far!!
October 9, 2014
Mahwah, NJ
over 3 years ago
The Plants are still going even after a few days of freeze
No doubt growing your own Tea plant would be a cool thing to do. I ordered two plants, and placed them in different locations in the yard to give a higher chance of survival. I ordered last summer, and now January 6th, they are doing fine despite a very cold week, even freezing temperatures over-night. We live in San Diego, so the days warm up nicely. My negative comment is that Fast-Growing-Trees could have saved a lot of money by not shipping these plants IN DIRT. The weight alone cost me way more than was necessary. There are other lighter mediums and ways to ship these plants so that a customer does not have to endure the high cost of shipping. Being in the agriculture business for 25 years, and shipping and receiving product; I was a little shocked they sent me plants in WET DIRT. Besides that I am satisfied.
January 6, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Great tea plant - arrived well packaged. It is doing well on our front porch in Georgia!
November 9, 2014
Atlanta, GA
over 3 years ago
tea trees
3 gal plant is beautiful , is healthy looks great. The one gal trees didnt do as well but are starting to come around
July 25, 2015
over 2 years ago
New to tea
I planted my tea plant in the fall. (Not ideal). It seems to holding up after cold snaps. I tried to cover it up when I thought a freeze was coming, but I missed it once or twice. My plant doesn't seem to have suffered. We will see how it is in the spring.
February 5, 2015
over 2 years ago
5 stars for this plant
I just purchased this plant in 3/2016 and there is already new growth all over this shrub. Looks like I will be enjoying it for years to come, highly recommend this plant and this Nursery!
May 8, 2016
Greenville, NC
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Though it's only been here and out of the box for less than a week, it is already sprouting new leaves.
July 20, 2016
Dade City , FL
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Cold hardy tea plant
I am so happy to have found this company! So many unusual and challenging (in a fun way) species of trees!
July 29, 2015
over 2 years ago
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The tea plant had a slow start. But after we give it 6 to8 hours of it has really started growing good. We love our Co hardyt plant can't wait to get another one
July 24, 2015
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cold Hardy Tea Plant.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Cold Hardy Tea Plant gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Cold Hardy Tea Plant again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Fast-Growing-Trees.com Store
Always wanted to have a tea plant from which I could dry and steep my very own tea leaves, I can't wait to get started. I miss my soursop leaf tea from the islands since I moved away so I am hoping this tea is a good replacement option.
Juliana A H on Aug 5, 2017
I want to start enjoying tea I grow in my own backyard
Stephanie A on Jul 14, 2017
Always wanted to have a tea plant from which I could dry and steep my very own tea leaves, I can't wait to get started. I miss my soursop leaf tea from the islands since I moved away so I am hoping this tea is a good replacement option.
Juliana A H on Aug 5, 2017
Present for a tea lover.
Andrew S on Jul 20, 2017
I want to start enjoying tea I grow in my own backyard
Stephanie A on Jul 14, 2017
Always wanted to try my own tea plant
Mary A on Jun 30, 2017
Curious about flavor of tea.
Rohel Leah T on Jun 21, 2017
Imy going for an edible garden
Matt E on May 13, 2017
I just love tea, and wanted to try growing my own.
Janine L on May 9, 2017
"Fresh tea at your disposal is a really really special way to start your day !" - @L2H2O
Branden R on Apr 26, 2017
I love tea and want to grow my own.
Peter R on Apr 24, 2017
I want to grow my own tea.
Ly L on Apr 18, 2017
Wanted to grow my own tea
wilibaldo i on Mar 30, 2017
Love Tea!
Winifer H on Mar 11, 2017
We drink a lot of tea
Desha T on Feb 26, 2017
My husband and I drink a lot of tea so I wanted to try growing it ourselves.
Georgette B on Feb 25, 2017
I wanted to make my own tea :). These plants grow well where I live (zone 9, Louisiana) .
cathy w on Feb 5, 2017
why not to give this crazy idea a try?
Sergey M on Feb 4, 2017
To produce our own tea and to have a flowering plant that honey bees may like.
Joseph T on Dec 7, 2016
To plant in my organic tea farm I am starting~
Beth H on Dec 6, 2016
To qualify for free shipping and to give as a gift
Felicity G on Nov 27, 2016
Wanted a fresh and local supply of tea.
Damon S on Oct 9, 2016
Good source and great feedback
THANH N on Sep 28, 2016
Seems like a cool thing to grow my own tea!!! Hand rolling each leaf.
michael k on Sep 9, 2016
Grows in my zone.
Sandra B on Sep 8, 2016
I bought these Camellias because number one the flowers are beautiful and number two I want to make my own tea I love tea it is my favorite drink I want to learn how to make it and enjoy it. I'm not done buying blueberries and mint and so much more make for wonderful teas... and while you're at it don't forget to choose the purple coneflower - echinacea - a medicinal tea
Vicki M on Sep 5, 2016
looked like a fun plant for my yard
charles s on Sep 2, 2016
I want healthy home grown tea and not have to worry about what was sprayed on it for my family
Nilsa S on Aug 28, 2016
Love tea and want to try growing my own.
Judith M on Aug 27, 2016
Saw how to grow on line from this site
Fred V on Aug 22, 2016
Interested in tea growing process.
William R on Aug 22, 2016
I am very interested in this plant. I am not a big tea drinker but thought this would be a great addition to my patio in a container pot while allowing me to provide fresh tea for my guests and family. I am also thinking about sending this plant to my family as a gift and wanted to see it for myself.
Tina M on Aug 16, 2016
I love tea and want to try my hand at growing my own supply.
Cynthia Campbell C on Aug 14, 2016
I would like to grow my own tea
Tim C on Jul 23, 2016
want to grow my own tea//
Denise D on Jul 18, 2016
I wanted to try growing my own tea, and chose the 3-gallon size so that I would get enough tea to actually drink it sooner. Plant did not survive.
Susan M on Jul 12, 2016
I want to drink fesh tea .
Tien L on Jun 28, 2016
I am drinking processed coffee now, so why not drinking my own tea from my own garden, especially when tea is good for you.
Tam C on Jun 21, 2016
My husband wants to grow his own tea and this plant sounds very dependable.
Jennifer H on Jun 16, 2016
Drink a lot of green tea and it never dawned on me to grow my own. Who knows how old the store purchase tea is, and what the growing conditions were. From now on my green tea will be super fresh and chemical free guaranteed. A win-win every time.
Jenny W on Jun 12, 2016
It is a birthday present for our 9 year old granddaughter. Her family has planted an orchard of several types of fruit trees. They are a host family for a Chinese student. I thought this would combine those areas of her life and encourage her to further explore plants and trees, and other cultures.
charles v on Jun 11, 2016
Because the prospect of it sounds awesome. I wanted that free shipping too >>
Meryl C on Jun 10, 2016
Hoping to make fresh green tea at home. With concerns from getting leaves from China or Japan, I hope to sustain my tea needs with these.
Andrew H on Apr 19, 2016
bec ause i want to make my own tea
bethi s on Apr 19, 2016
I drink tea daily. Instead of paying for a manufactured tea product, I decided to grow this wonderful plant in a pot on my patio. It came from FGT with a full complement of beautiful new leaves! It arrived ready to produce! I love plants but like the headstart I get from FGT because waiting for them to grow large enough to produce is tedious. I have no patience. I could enjoy my Camelia Sinensis immediately! Now, when I'm craving tea, I pick what I need and enjoy! I love it! ~M
MARSHA B on Apr 11, 2016
I drink about a gallon of tea a day. For the price and the life span of the plant, I thought I'd give it a try.
phil b on Apr 9, 2016
Robert H on Apr 2, 2016
Cold hardy tea I can grow myself.
Loek Jurgen A on Mar 31, 2016
I drink a lot of tea and want to make my own.
Philip T on Mar 27, 2016
My girlfriend loves green tea so I bought the Cold Hardy Tea Plant. She's excited to be able to collect her very own fresh green tea in our backyard! Thank you!
John B on Mar 27, 2016
Liked being able to get, hopefully, bigger, more mature plants - with 3 gall. size.
Jill H on Mar 27, 2016
We drink a lot of tea and decided to grow it ourselves
Michelle J on Mar 18, 2016
Present for a tea lover.
Andrew S on Jul 20, 2017
Always wanted to try my own tea plant
Mary A on Jun 30, 2017
How can one plant create three different types of tea (black, white and green)? and also, What do you mean by fruit? (I though tea is made of leaves or flowers)
Ericka on Dec 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Tea is made from the leaves of this bush. Usually the young leaves and buds of the plant are used. All types of tea come from the same leaves, how the leaves are processed and dried after picking is what makes it black, green or oolong tea. Green tea comes from very young leaves that are wilted or steamed and then dried. Black tea usually uses more mature leaves and they are slightly crushed and then roasted or baked to fully oxidize the leaves. Oolong is made by multiple roastings and very slow drying and aging. It is the most complex tea in flavor and processing.
Do you sell Camellia sinensis var. sinensis?
Linda N on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we sell the C. sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla. It is a slightly larger-leaved form of the Chinese tea plant, and comes fromt eh Chines tradition rather than the Indian Assam ttradition.
why can't tea trees be shipped to texas?
cindy w on Jun 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Texas has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from legally shipping the Cameilla Sinenis there.
how big around does this plant git?
matthew n on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If left unpruned, it will grow about 10-15 feet wide.
Can you list the botanical name of the tea plant? I don't see it listed.
Michelle N on Apr 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla. It is a slightly larger-leaved version of the tea plant used in the Chinese tradition, not the Indian Assam tradition.
What kind of type soil should I use?
Chae E on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They prefer to have acidic soil.
What about humidity during the over-wintering inside?
Marina H on Aug 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It can survive through winters if you plan it in a big pot and bring in door. My mom was able to make some green tea from fresh leaves during winter. It we love this plan. Very healthy and produces good tea leaves, beautiful white flowers.
Can they be left in a pot and do they grow well inside the house or in a green house?
vicki on Sep 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They grow good in pots, mine is two years old and healthy in a pot. You can grow the plant inside if it is next to a sunny window. Tea loves the greenhouse.
Is this evergreen?
Kathryn F on Apr 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes! This plant has dark green foliage year round.
I live in zone 5b. Can I grow indoors?
dwoods on Oct 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can grow them indoors.
what month in the year is the best time to plan this Tea plant ? Does this plant become bare in Winter ?
An A on Sep 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Spring, summer and fall are all great times to plant this bush. The Cold Hardy Tea plant is an evergreen so it will keeps its leaves year round.
I have a large basement. Can this plant grow in a large pot with an
LED grow light (red and blue wavelengths combined)? What wattage does it need?
Helen S on Feb 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: An 800 watt fluorescent tube light or a 400 watt hid lamp would work well.
Any verifiable success in NC? curious...
Ashley C on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi, I'm in Mississippi and the tea plant is doing fine. It has bloomed and grown some. I'm waiting for it to grow a little more before I harvest and try to make tea leaves.
Why does it say I need to wait 2-3 years before harvesting leaves? Will it hurt the plant? If I get the 3 gal, can I harvest sooner?
Strawhatsheik on May 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: the plants need time to put on growth. mine is 3 years and i just picked my first leaves . on two plants i got about a double hand full. plants are about 3 feet high
How about white tea? Same plant? How is it made?
Marguerite P on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: White tea is made from very young leaves picked in early spring. Green tea leaves are picked later.
Can you plant in the container?
Chae E on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted my three gal in a large decorative planter by my door for easy harvest. Just make sure you give it enough room to grow. I doubled my pot size for this season.
can you grow these indoors?
Leslie S on Oct 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I've grown mine inside for almost one year. I live in NJ zone 6.
what type of cultivar?
Chirz on Jun 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is Camellia sinensis var. sinenesis f. macrophylla. There is some disagreement about its Latin name amongst the botanical nomenclature folk, but it definitely comes from the Chinese tradition, rather than the more modern tea production of India. It is a small- or narrow-leaf Chinese tea plant with a slightly larger leaf (if that makes sense!). Hope this tells you what you want to know!
Can a tea plant be grown and maintained in a container in a greenhouse?
Susan R on Jul 25, 2017
I live on the border of zone 9b and 10a. Do you have any tips for keeping this plant happy?
F O on Jul 7, 2017
why space tea plant only 5ft when mature width is 15 ft?
Terry D on Apr 10, 2017

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