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Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla.

Cold Hardy Tea Plant
Cold Hardy Tea Plant
Cold Hardy Tea Plant
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$19.95 (10% Off)

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    Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 Outdoors
    (hardy down to 20℉)
    Growing Zones 8-11 Outdoors Map
    Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
    Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Growth Rate: Moderate
    Botanical Name: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla.
    Does Not Ship To: AZ, TN, TX
  • Product Description
    Grow Your Own Tea Organically

    Grow Your Own
    Freshly made tea tastes far superior to any tea you'll find in a market.  If you enjoy the soothing comfort of a warm cup of tea, why not grow your own to relish every day? The Cold Hardy Tea Plant (Camellia sinensis ) is one of the hardiest of all the Camellia sinensis, with smaller, narrower leaves especially preferred for making green and black teas. Your tree has been groomed and will ship ready for you to start making your own tea right away.

    Versatile Plant
    These make attractive hedges. If you are growing for several people, a hedge is a great way to grow your plants. They do well in containers too, so if you live in colder areas, just bring the plants indoors for a few months. In fall and winter, you'll have the added bonus of small white flowers that will perfume the area with their delicious fragrance!

    A few plants will supply you with a lifetime of delicious tea, fresh and as pure as possible! It 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.

    Health Benefits
    This is a descendant of the original tea plant, first used in China thousands of years ago for medicinal purposes. There are countless benefits to brewing your own tea.  First, you'll know that no dangerous chemicals or pesticides were used on the plant. The health advantages of drinking tea are remarkable. Full of antioxidants, it has been proven to lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  Many drink it for its ability to assist with weight loss.

    Enjoy a lifetime supply of delicious, fresh tea leaves and save thousands of dollars!  One tea plant can 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.  One thing is certain - you'll have this plant for a very long time.

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    Grow your own hardy Cold Hardy Tea plants and start enjoying truly superior tea!

  • Reviews
    4.5 / 5.0
    42 Reviews
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    Very impressed
    I was pleasantly surprised by the shipping, and size of the tree I received... It came in great shape, handled shipping well, and handled transplanting great. I ordered the 2 gallon. It came with flowers on it, and is flowering again. It has been a very easy, low maintenance plant so far... It's doing great under a tall oak tree in South Florida (zone 10b), it gets sunlight part of the day, and mottled shade the rest of the day
    After a month or so
    Just planted 2gallon
    November 2, 2018
    3 months ago
    Growing Zone:
    Healthy Plant
    Survived shipment with hardly any distress. I planted it about a month ago and it's been growing strong at a steadily place. I absolutely love it.
    October 5, 2018
    4 months ago
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    Gorgeous tree
    I bought a 4” tea tree online from other site and was quite disappointed with how tiny it is. I found this site and ordered 2 gallon plant. The shipping cost was reasonable and shipping information and delivery were punctual. A gorgeous and healthy looking 40” tall bush arrived this morning. It has lots of flower buds. I have placed it under a shade where I will be planting this Saturday which is the new moon. I tried to upload the photos but keep showing errors, so no images. I am very pleased with the purchase.
    August 7, 2018
    5 months ago
    Great tea plants
    The plants arrived happy and healthy. I planted them and one is going gangbusters, as I am sure the other one would have if it hadn't been chewed on by deer. It's still living and will probably come back.
    June 25, 2018
    9 months ago
    So far so good
    I received my two small tea plants in the warm and dry season of central California a month ago and they are, with watering, doing well. I look forward to harvesting tea leaves in a couple of years!
    June 24, 2018
    1 year ago
    Growing Zone:
    The plant showed uo in great conditiong. Great people to work with and fast shipping. Can't wait to order more
    June 17, 2018
    8 months ago
    Growing Zone:
    Tea Tree
    I love my Tea Tree, my son planted it for me for Mother’s Day. He got it for me because I love tea. It’s growing very well and has lost no leaves. Very pleased with it.
    June 8, 2018
    8 months ago
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    Another winner
    The tea tree is growing so fast . It arrived very strong and healthy and you would not be disappointed. Great service here folks!
    June 2, 2018
    9 months ago
    I will purchase this again.
    Arrived as a hardy plant with well developed leaves and small trunk. It is growing well in its new pot.
    May 28, 2018
    9 months ago
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    GREAT plants!!
    Very much impressed with how the plant arrived. Well packaged to prevent damage. I'M impressed with how much effort is put into the care given to each plant. The only downfall I have to say is I have to wait at least another year before I might get coffee . GREAT company.
    May 27, 2018
    9 months ago
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    Why did you choose this? Store
    My son's fiancé is tea lover so he asked for these for Christmas
    Mary S on Dec 17, 2018
    I would love to grow my own green tea. I hope to buy additional plants over the years.
    Linda C on Dec 12, 2018
    My son's fiancé is tea lover so he asked for these for Christmas
    Mary S on Dec 17, 2018
    I had wanted a tea plant but never knew where to get one.
    Forrest T on Dec 14, 2018
    I would love to grow my own green tea. I hope to buy additional plants over the years.
    Linda C on Dec 12, 2018
    Want to try a tea plant
    Marcelino M on Dec 5, 2018
    My husband is a tea buff and wanted one for Christmas.
    Memory A on Nov 29, 2018
    I love tea and have wanted my own row of harvestable tea plants for quite a while.
    Glenn M on Nov 23, 2018
    Bought these for my sister for Christmas. She loves plants!
    Rena H on Nov 22, 2018
    So I can make my own green tea.
    Eric T on Oct 10, 2018
    I thought it would be interesting to grow my own tea in FL.
    Dr O. D. W on Sep 3, 2018
    We love tea and the first plant is doing well.
    Susan R on Sep 1, 2018
    I want to try it
    zuki N on Aug 13, 2018
    Good for drinks
    lam p on Jul 30, 2018
    Because the tea tree I ordered and received from another online was puny and wanted to see if yours would be better.
    Midori S on Jul 30, 2018
    Tea is wonderful for the feel good au natural lifestyle
    vickie f on Jul 24, 2018
    I am a tea-aholic and am really looking forward to drinking a cup of tea that I grew myself.
    Magdalene V on Jul 10, 2018
    I love drinking tea and this is going to be a awesome once I get the plant acclimated.
    Peggy G on Jul 10, 2018
    Tea plants previously purchased grow slowly, so I ordered more.
    Daniel G on Jun 16, 2018
    I can grow this tea plant where I live and it's already established. I have seeds but couldn't get them going, so I really appreciate just having the tea plant already established and good to go! Thank you! We love tea!
    steven d on Jun 12, 2018
    I drink a lot of tea year round. Would like to try my luck.
    Vicki H on Jun 1, 2018
    Hi, when could I get my plan ?
    Li-Chuan C on May 16, 2018
    Love tea and want to have my grown tea, not a store bought tea.
    CYNTHIA T on May 8, 2018
    Want to make my own tea. I drink tea instead of other drinks. I'M excited to have found my own tea tree. Can't wait to see if I can grow my own tea tree.
    Richard D on Apr 22, 2018
    make my own tea
    Samuel L on Apr 18, 2018
    I love drinking tea and since I grow many of my own vegetables and fruit it seems natural that I should grow my own tea. Knowing that my tea will be chemical free will be a plus for me.
    Sylvia F on Apr 17, 2018
    I chose it for its hardiness. I also chose it because of all of the good reviews.
    Dianne H on Apr 17, 2018
    I Love tea, I want to grow my own
    Toni W on Apr 15, 2018
    I LOVE TEA!!! This was a nice sized plant in dirt!
    Jackie O on Apr 14, 2018
    something different to try
    Margaret M on Apr 11, 2018
    I drink a lot of tea and one of the local tea shops has a Camelia Senensis plant on sight. I thought it would be nice to have one for myself.
    Peggy S on Apr 9, 2018
    I love green tea and would like the grow the green tea plant in my garden. Every day I can make the fresh tea and enjoy it. Please, select the healthy plant for me. This is the first time I placed the order from your garden; just searching from internet. Hopefully, your service will be please the customer. Thank you
    Mai T on Mar 22, 2018
    I like tea.
    DONALD R on Mar 19, 2018
    wanted to send my daughter something different
    Anita B on Feb 3, 2018
    Just to try making my own tea
    Kay H on Feb 3, 2018
    Been wanting to grow my own teas for awhile, now we get to try.
    Becky P on Jan 10, 2018
    My wife wanted it.
    Tim I on Dec 16, 2017
    My brother drinks green tea and I thought it would make the perfect Christmas gift.
    Michael H on Dec 15, 2017
    No local nurseries have C. sinensis in their inventory. I practice J. Tea ceremony and having my own tea plants will enrichen my practice and beautify my yard.
    Tim J on Dec 11, 2017
    Gudrun C on Nov 28, 2017
    Green tea is very good for my health.
    Duy P on Nov 13, 2017
    Just to have my own tea at home
    RENEE R on Nov 11, 2017
    My wife love tea more then coffee she stop drinking coffee now it tea time and I love tea but love my cafe more
    Ricardo R on Nov 10, 2017
    Wanted a little bit bigger tea tree to grow along with coffee plant
    John K on Oct 31, 2017
    I love tea, especially come winter.
    J. B on Oct 28, 2017
    My sister attended a master gardener class and learned so much about this plant. Very interesting; I like new things, and I am anxious to be able to have my own tea whenever I choose and however I choose.
    Donna P on Oct 26, 2017
    I like tea
    Thomas S on Sep 25, 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
    I had wanted a tea plant but never knew where to get one.
    Forrest T on Dec 14, 2018
    Want to try a tea plant
    Marcelino M on Dec 5, 2018
    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.
    Is this evergreen?
    Kathryn F on Apr 21, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes! This plant has dark green foliage year round.
    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.
    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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    How old are the plants when they are bought?
    Devin M on Dec 17, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: They arrived in pretty good shape. I ordered several of the smaller ones.
    Is it too late in season to plant tea tree?
    Tim R on Nov 9, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: In my climate, zone 9, it would be OK to plant now. I don't know about colder climates.
    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.
    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.
    Do I need more than one for pollination?
    Veronica W on Aug 18, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Not to grow leaves for tes. If you want to reproduce, probably need tohave another..
    can a tea tree be planted in a container ?... and is inside or outside best for growing zone 8?
    S U on Nov 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 6a and I bring mine in for the winter and it does great!
    Can a tea plant be grown and maintained in a container in a greenhouse?
    Susan R on Jul 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, they take well to growing in pots in greenhouses.
    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!
    I have four of your camellia sinensis var. sinensis and people have asked me what cultivar they are. Where do you get your tea plants at seed? Or where is the original seed from that created the plants I bought in 2017? Thank you .
    Beth H on Aug 27, 2018
  • Planting & Care
    It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cold Hardy Tea Plant
    Cold Hardy Tea Plant Planting Diretions

    The tea plant (or Camellia sinensis) has been used for centuries for its health benefits regardless of the tea color. The drink is also known for its incredible antioxidants, caffeine boost, nutrients and other medicinal compounds. It's hard to say just how long people have enjoyed tea for its health benefits but what can be confirmed is that it has been used as a beverage for over 5,000 years! The leaves of the plant are what primarily make up the beverage and is typically green, white, black or Oolong in appearance. Typically grown outdoors in USDA growing zones 6-9, a tea plant can also be successfully grown in a container to enjoy your favorite hot beverage year round.


    Choosing a location: Your tea plant will be happiest in a full to partial sun location. If possible, try to put it in a spot that it will be protected from strong winds. Space multiple plants at least three feet apart from one another. Tea plants enjoy a moist, well draining, acidic soil (ph range of 6-6.5 or lower).


    Planting directions (in ground):
    1) An acidic soil is best for the tea plant and using soil meant for rhododendrons will help maintain a happy tea plant.
    2) Make your hole twice the size of the root ball and just as deep.
    3) The rhododendron soil is ideal for the back filling of the hole which will introduce some acidity for the tea plant.
    4) Spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the bush to help retain moisture while simultaneously combating competing weeds from growing.


    Planting directions (potted):
    1) Select a pot with good drainage that is about twice the size of the root ball. Drainage is important as tea plants hate to have "wet feet."
    2) Use a well draining, acidic soil to fill the bottom third of the pot, and center your new tea plant. Carefully fill the soil in around the root system and be sure to leave the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk) just above the soil surface.
    3) Bright, indirect light is the best location for your newly potted tea plant with a steady temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
    *Tip: To encourage blooming on the bush, change the surrounding temperature to a window of 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit after the buds begin to appear in winter season.
    4) As the bush grows it will need periodic repotting. Typically once every 2-3 years (or as needed) the roots will outgrow the pot, so move up to a slightly larger container and be sure to trim the roots so they fit proportionately.


    Watering: Your tea plant will require at least one weekly watering (mulch helps retain moisture so be sure to spread a good 2-3 inch layer around the base). Keep an eye on the area during the hot season as you might need to move up to a dual watering weekly. Try to avoid doing a "rain down" style of watering as this can promote fungal issues.


    For potted tea plants, wait until the top 2-4 inches of the soil become dry before any additional watering. Only water enough to where you see it escaping the drainage holes and stop. Do not allow the pot to sit in water.


    Fertilizing: For the first year, during active growing in spring and summer, apply a 1/2 lb. of a slow release, complete fertilizer every two months. For each following year, add an additional 1/2 lb. to each application. Broadcast the fertilizer around the base of the tree at least six inches from the base of the tree to avoid root burn and then water thoroughly.


    From spring to the fall season, use a liquid, acidic fertilizer every three weeks on your potted tea plant. For the best results, dilute the formula to half the strength of the recommended amount.


    Pruning: Once your tea plant gets to be around 5 feet tall, prune back the bush in the early spring season. Always make your cuts at a 45 degree angle with sterilized clippers. Rubbing alcohol and boiling water are easy ways to sterilize your tool(s). Cut back the top growth to about 3-4 feet tall. Always remove any damaged, dead or crowded branches to maintain the shape and size of the plant.


    Potted tea plants should be pruned back yearly after the blooming period. Just like the in-ground tea plant, be sure to remove dead, damaged, or crowded branches. Cut the stem back towards the base of the bush. You can cut individual branches to just past a leaf node or bud.

    Harvesting: It is recommended to let your tea bush grow for a couple of years before harvesting the leaves for brewing. The youngest leaves on your tea plant tend to make the best tea. The youngest are typically the last few leaves and the bud. Set the leaves to dry out of the sun for about 2 hours and then pan heat or steam to stop the leaf’s oxidation. Try to keep the heat fairly high during this process (500 degrees fahrenheit) for about 15 minutes while continuously shaking and/or stirring to prevent scorch or burning. Leaves can now be dried in the oven or in a dehydrator, stored in an airtight container and left in a cool dry area for storage.

    Planting and Care Directions for Cold Hardy Tea Plant
  • Shipping Info

    Shipping Alert:

    You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, or 5. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

    We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

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    Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

    You may receive multiple shipments if you ordered more than one plant. This is to get your plants to you as soon as possible. However, shipping schedules can change due to unforeseen events, such as unpredictable weather. We appreciate your patience.

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