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CAMELLIA sinensis

Commonly known as Tea camellia


 

  • Evergreen
  • White - yellow-white
  • Height - 3m (10ft) and more.
  • Spread - 2-2.5m (6½-8ft)
  • Tall Shrub - produces small flowers
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - transferred from China to Indian Himalayas by Robert Fortune. In cultivation around world in tropical and sub-tropical regions and to as far north as Perthshire, UK.
  • Medicinal properties - traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, scale insects, vine weevils, leaf spot.
  • Place of origin - native to south and southeastern Asia.
  • Camellia Types - species -
  • Flower Shape - Single - Row of petals round conspicuous stamens - no more than 8 petals - 2.5-4cm (1-1½in) across
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving -
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil
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3m (10ft) and more.
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2-2.5m (6½-8ft)
 

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