Tea Cmellia Hardiness

luigi(NItalyUSDA7/8)December 25, 2005

Hi you all!

In the Edible Landscaping website (www.eat-it.com) they say the tea camellia - Camellia sinensis - is hardy from zone 7 (and even 6b) onward. Does anyone have first hand experience?


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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Varies with type. Kind grown for years in Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle (USDA 8) did have some browning in 1990 winter (coldest in 30 years).

Wild species are not clones, unlike many cultivars, unless it happens all the stock in cultivation is from clonal propagation of single selection. This is far from the case with tea.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2005 at 7:19PM
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thank you BBoy.
Well, I put myself in zone 7, but in this corner of northern Italy the temperature rarely drops below 14°F, and only during a few hours in the morning, otherwise we are above freezing point. (apart from 1985 when we were at -4°F almost for the whole january, due to snow and fog, but quite exceptional)

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 8:42AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

That month(!) of -4F must have been highly destructive. Rarely below 14F sounds like USDA 9, there was probably alot of tender stuff lost there that year.

Here is a link that might be useful: italian gardening zones

    Bookmark   December 27, 2005 at 7:34PM
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Yes, even fig trees died to the ground, but they sprouted again in spring.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 9:26AM
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