Tea Plant Seeds
, also known as Tea Plant, Tea Tree
and Tea Shrub
is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce Chinese Tea
. The leaves of this plant have been used as far back as 2700 B.C. Older names for this plant include Thea bohea, Thea sinensis
and Thea viridis
is native to mainland China South and Southeast Asia. Today, it is cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. The popular Tee Plant
is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is usually trimmed to below six feet when cultivated for its leaves. It has a strong taproot. The flowers are yellow-white with 7 to 8 delicate petals.
White tea, green tea, oolong tea, pu-erh tea
and black tea
are all harvested from this species, but are processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation. The young leaves are fermented, semi-fermented or used green to make tea.
or twig tea
is also harvested from Camellia sinensis
, but uses twigs and stems rather than leaves.
Studies have shown green tea
to be a beneficial health aid with its anticancer and antioxidant effects. Tea leaves
are high in fluoride and are reported to even help prevent tooth decay.
The seeds of Camellia sinensis
, and its relative Camellia oleifera
, can be pressed to yield tea oil, a sweetish seasoning and cooking oil.
can also be grown in a pot indoors and many people in colder climates enjoy the benefits of growing camellias in pots. Tee Trees
are lovely flowering plants and will complement any cottage or Victorian garden.
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