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Cold Hardy Tea PlantCamellia sinensis var. sinensis

109 reviews
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Cold Hardy Tea PlantCamellia sinensis var. sinensis

109 reviews
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Grow Your Own Tea At Home!

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 is one of the hardiest of all the Camellia sinensis, with smaller, narrower leaves especially preferred for making green, white, and black teas. Your tree has been groomed and will ship ready for you to start making your own tea right away.

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!

Even better is the fact that the Cold Hardy resists tough conditions with ease. 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.

And it's long-living. 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. One thing is certain - you'll have this plant for a very long time.

Order now - grow your own hardy Cold Hardy Tea plants and start enjoying truly superior tea!

Planting & Care

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

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.

Fertilizing: During active growth in spring and summer, apply 1/2 lb. of a slow-release, complete fertilizer every two months or as the packaging suggests.

Pruning: 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: The youngest leaves on your tea plant tend to make the best tea. The youngest is 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 scorching 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.


What is Camellia sinensis good for?

The Cold Hardy Tea Plant can be used to make tea, grown as a hedge or enjoyed for its delicate white flowers.

Is Camellia sinensis the same as green tea?

Yes, green tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. To make green tea, harvest the fresh leaves that appear in spring and enjoy!

Does all tea come from Camellia sinensis?

Green, white, oolong, and black tea all come from Camellia sinensis. While there are other teas out there to enjoy, the majority of tea does come from this one plant.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. 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.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $129 $19.95

Product Details

Mature Height: 6-15 ft.
Mature Width: 4-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: slow
Botanical Name: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis
Does Not Ship To: AZ,OR,TN,TX
Grows Well In Zones: 4-11 patio / 7-9 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 7-9 outdoors

(hardy down to 10℉)

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Eden E.
United States United States

Great for property line…

Came with few broken twigs, collected the leaves, boil them in water and walaaah…I had a fantastic cup of tea for the day. The plants themselves are doing great with few beautiful white flowers now.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Plant survived shipping

I wanted to buy a tea plant for my husband but his birthday is in September and we've been having very hot weather. In spite of my concerns about heat, I gambled and bought the plant anyway. Took about a week to ship to the west coast but to my surprise, the plant appears to be healthy and is doing well so far!

United States United States
I recommend this product

Beautiful Plant

The plant arrived in a very good condition. It was packed with extra care. Very happy with the purchase. Can't wait for my fresh green tea.

LaVerne S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

tea plant

It arrived in wonderful condition. It is planted in a pot and it is doing well.

Lai W.
United States United States
I recommend this product


I'm happy to have it. Most of the branches broke off during shipping so I have a gangly little thing but hopefully it bushes up soon Cold Hardy Tea Plant Review