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Tea Cmellia Hardiness

Posted by luigi NItalyUSDA7/8 (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 25, 05 at 15:41

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?
luigi


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RE: Tea Cmellia Hardiness

  • Posted by BBoy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 25, 05 at 19:19

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.


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RE: Tea Cmellia Hardiness

  • Posted by luigi NItalyUSDA7/8 (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 26, 05 at 8:42

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


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RE: Tea Cmellia Hardiness

  • Posted by BBoy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 27, 05 at 19:34

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


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RE: Tea Cmellia Hardiness

  • Posted by luigi NItalyUSDA7/8 (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 1, 06 at 9:26

Yes, even fig trees died to the ground, but they sprouted again in spring.


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