Tea

Camellia sinensis

  • Tea
  • Camellia
  • Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Thea sinensis
  • Camellia thea
  • Thea viridis
  • Thea bohea
  • Cháhuā, literally: "tea flower"
  • Tea plant
  • Tea shrub
  • Assam tea
  • Tea Tree Camellia

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Edible

Camellia sinensis (sy-NEN-sis), otherwise known as tea, is a edible plant of the Theaceae family.

Temperature

Hardiness

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7a

−17.8 °C to −15 °C

Plant hardiness is a geographically defined area in which a plant is capable of growing. It's defined by climatic conditions, including its ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone. For example, a plant that is described as "hardy to zone 10" means that the plant can withstand a minimum temperature of −1 °C (30 °F).

The extremes of winter cold are a major determinant of whether a plant species can be cultivated outdoors at a particular location; however, the USDA hardiness zones have a number of drawbacks if used without supplementary information. The zones do not incorporate summer heat levels into the zone determination; thus sites which may have the same mean winter minima, but markedly different summer temperatures, will be accorded the same hardiness zone.

Space

Frequency
4 m (13ft) by 2.5 m (8ft) at a slow rate

Dimensions

Camellia sinensis can grow up to 4m tall , and up to 2.5m wide.
This gives it a total volume of 10m3.
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Sun

Optimal
Partial
Shading
Full sun to part shade

Soil

Type
Sandy
Loam

Appearance

Foliage Habit
sub-lanceolate, elliptical, oblong, oval
Foliage Texture
leathery

Water

Optimal
Lots of Water

Uses

Food
used to flavor several commercial food and beverage products, including alcoholic beverages, frozen dairy products, candy, baked goods, gelatin, and pudding
Medicine
Green tea is currently being studied for its beneficial uses, and as a treatment for a number of different conditions and illnesses like Anxiety, Cancer Prevention, Diabetes, Weight Loss, Insect bites, Rashes and Sunburns

Animals

Disease Susceptibility
Camellia Dieback & Canker caused by the fungus Glomerella cingulata.

Time

Seed
4 years
Germination
1-2 months
Days to Maturity
full 2-3 years from germination until a plant is fully matured

Reproduction

Propagation Methods
seeds or cuttings

Location

Native Country
Republic of China, India

Meta

Phonetic
sy-NEN-sis
al-tern-ee-FOH-lee-uh