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Camellia sinensis var. assamica


Camellia sinensis var. assamica is grown in Northern India and produces robust teas like black tea, oolong, and pu-erh. Flowers are fragrant and white.

Camellia sinensis var. assamica is grown in the Assam region of Northern India and is the main source of leaves for robust teas like black tea, oolong, and pu-erh. Considered a more tropical tree than the Chinese varieties, it grows larger and produces bigger leaves. Flowers are white, single petaled with egg-yolk centres. Harvest or 'pluck' tea leaves during the warmer months. This shrub becomes multi-branched and can reach up to 32 feet tall and 26 feet wide at a slow rate but can be kept pruned to size. The plant has a wide range of uses from tea, oil and medicines. Makes a very attractive ornamental tree for the garden and as a hedge. Plant in more protected locations.

Common Name: Tea Plant

Family: Theaceae (The Tea family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 25-40'

Width: 10' and over

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time:

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Found in cool, humid, tropical highlands and in evergreen broad-leaved forests at elevations of 100 - 1500 metres.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Indian Subcontinent

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