Cold Hardy Camellia Sinensis

semajeMay 2, 2010

Any one have any recommendations? I want it for tea.

I saw the other thread that is pretty much the same thing as this one, but I don't know much about camellias and I didn't know if that one was about sinensis.

Thanks

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

At this moment, camellia sinensis is not offered in cold hardy varieties. It is a warm region camellia. It does well in Zone 8 and can venture its toes into some Zone 7 areas where it may suffer winter damage at times but will recover. Your best bet is to grow it in a greenhouse type of setting during the cold winter months. There are cold hardy camellias that get around this problem by blooming early (called the Winter Series because they bloom in early) or late (called the April Series because they bloom in mid-to-late Spring). This allows the plant to survive the coldest temperatures while the much tender blooms survive warmer early-late winter temperatures. Unfortunately, "the" tea camellia sinensis is not one of them yet. One can still hope.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 8:06AM
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semaje

Oh wow. Thanks. For some reason I thought there was a few varieties.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 6:12AM
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steve_nj(7-a)

I have a few C. sinensis of varying hardiness. The hardier tyopes can take at least mid single digits. A small-leaved form sold by Camellia Forest is rated to zone 6, but I've not had a zone 6 winter since 93-94. You can get good regrowth from a Camellia by banking mulch around a plant from mid December to March.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 5:55PM
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