Camellia sinensis (Tea, Tea Plant, Tea Camellia)

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Tea, Tea Plant - Camellia sinensis - Cold Hardiness Zone 6-9 The tea plant is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Modern research has shown that there are many health benefits to drinking tea, including its ability to protect...
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Tea, Tea Plant - Camellia sinensis - Cold Hardiness Zone 6-9

The tea plant is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Modern research has shown that there are many health benefits to drinking tea, including its ability to protect the drinker from certain heart diseases. It has also been shown that drinking tea can protect the teeth from decay, because of the fluoride naturally occurring in the tea. The leaves are cardiotonic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant and astringent. They exert a decided influence over the nervous system, giving a feeling of comfort and exhilaration, but also producing an unnatural wakefulness when taken in large doses. 

Chinese Camellia sinensis is native to mainland China South and Southeast Asia , but it is today cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is usually trimmed to below two meters (six feet) when cultivated for its leaves. It has a strong taproot . The flowers are yellow-white, 2.5–4 cm in diameter, with 7 to 8 petals.The seeds of Camellia sinensis and Camellia oleifera can be pressed to yield tea oil , a sweet seasoning and cooking oil that should not be confused with tea tree oil , an essential oil that is used for medical and cosmetic purposes and originates from the leaves of a different plant. Camellia sinensis plant, with cross-section of the flower (lower left) and seeds (lower right). The leaves are 4–15 cm long and 2–5 cm broad. Fresh leaves contain about 4% caffeine . The young, light green leaves are preferably harvested for tea production; they have short white hairs on the underside. Older leaves are deeper green. Different leaf ages produce differing tea qualities, since their chemical compositions are different. Usually, the tip (bud) and the first two to three leaves are harvested for processing. This hand picking is repeated every one to two weeks.

 

Botanical Name : Camellia sinensis

Common Name : Tea, Tea Plant, Tea Camellia

Height : 5-9 ft

Spread : 4-8 ft

Germination Info : 30-60 days cold moist stratification is recommended

Hardiness zone : 6-9

Average seed per ounce : Approx. 35

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