Small Leaf Green Tea
This selection of green tea is seed grown and is considered one of the hardiest from seed. Cultivated widely in Japan, white flowers can be seen in the early autumn among small and compact branches up to six feet tall. Current research suggests green tea may help improve cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, and prevent the onset of several types of cancers. Light shade or half a day of sun is best for this plant. Winter wind protection is of great benefit for this plant as sub-zeros may defoliate it entirely here in southern Michigan. Protected area near a house away from the prevailing winds is ideal. Has been fine for us to grow in our closed up unheated polyhouses. Small leaf green tea is a durable plant with few if any insect pests and is easy to grow in pots. Plants are small and just 3 inches tall. These will grow up to 18 inches tall in one season. Use rose fertilizer to speed their growth. Available again for shipping in the fall of 2019 when it ships in mid October.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Camellia sinensis var sinensisSeed Source:
-10 F to -15 F if away from prevailing winds.Height (ft):
Zone 6ish -10. Warm summer season ideal.Ease of Cultivation:
Everyone wants to grow this into zone 5. Not likely but given protection and the right location protected from the winter winds could happen. Completely maintenance free. Flowers are produced here in southern Michigan but so far no seeds. We have established 2 ft. plants which flower for us consistently starting in October and again in spring some years.