Native to eastern and southern Asia. There are over 3,000 named kinds, and the range in color, size, and form is remarkable. The genus includes the plant from which we get tea, but most garden plants are robust shrubs that flower in winter or spring.
In the West, the tea plant grows as a dense round shrub to 15 ft. tall and wide, with leathery, dull dark green leaves to 5 in. long. White, 1 1/2-in.-wide, fragrant fall flowers. Takes well to pruning. Can be trimmed as hedge. Tea can be grown in California but has never been a major crop for economic reasons.
In the West, the tea plant grows as a dense round shrub to 15 ft. tall and wide, with leathery, dull d...
Bears hot pink blooms.
Has richer pink flowers and is considered hardier than the species.