The Tea Tree, or Camellia sinensis, is the source for all varieties and styles of traditional tea including green tea, black tea, and white tea. Tea Trees can be grown in the ground in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 11, or in a container in Zones 4 to 11. They are shade-loving, evergreen, and reliably bloom fragrant white flowers in late fall and winter, making them an ornamental delight. This easy to grow shrub-like tree lets you harvest and make your own tea right at home.
The Tea Tree will reach a mature size of up to 20 feet tall and as wide, while container grown trees will remain smaller. The Tea Tree also responds well to trimming, hedging, and shaping, so you can maintain it at any size or shape that suits your landscape. They are slow to moderate growers, but since you are not waiting for fruit to bloom and ripen, you can harvest leaves from a very young specimen, as long as the tree is large enough to support trimming.