I decided to grow Camellia sinensis on my garden. Since I live in Portland why not? Climate should be fine, it is mostly cloudy and rainy here. Camellia sinensis plant loves shade and rain.
I bought it from Portland Nursery. I planted in a large pot, placed it in front of the wooden fence. It is a shady part of the garden. At first I put the plant in a sunny deck, in a few days I realized sun made damaged to the leaves. So I moved to the shady part. It seems like more happy there. I noticed new leaves are growing. In future I love to make my own tea!
Even though I have to wait 3 years to plant get mature, I am willing to try.
Camellia Sinensis Plant
Growth Habit: Tree, Shrub
Common Name: Tea Plant
Camellia sinensis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft) by 2.5 m (8ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Mar to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The plant used to make teas, including white, green, oolong, black, yellow and pu-erh.
There are four main types of tea: green tea, black tea, oolong tea and white tea. All tea comes from the same plant. The specific variety of tea plant and the way the leaves are processed after harvesting determine the type of tea that is created.
For more info about Camellia sinensis read at Wikipedia.
* Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce the popular beverage tea.