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Red Leaf Pink Flowering Tea Plant - Camellia sinensis 'Rosea'

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Red Leaf Tea Camellia
Camellia sinensis 'Rosea' - Red Leaf

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where Red Leaf Tea Plant is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

The Red Leaf Tea Plant, Camellia sinensis 'Rosea', is a unique shrub that offers both beauty and an endless supply of leaves for brewing your own flavorful, nourishing tea. New leaves emerge red in spring before turning a pleasing rich green in summer. In fall, delicate, fragrant, soft-pink flowers with pink stamens tipped in yellow at the center are produced in abundance. 

The tea you make from the leaves of your homegrown tea plants will be much fresher and tastier than what you buy at the store!

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to approximately 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide, the Red Leaf Tea Plant can be grown as a large shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a highly attractive small tree. As a shrub, it is ideal for use as a specimen, hedge or background plant, in groupings, and is especially nice as a corner plant or espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall) in home foundation plantings. As a small tree, it makes a fine focal point specimen in landscape borders or home foundation planting. Grows well in containers that can be situated on decks and patios. A fine addition to cottage gardens woodland borders. Also suitable for containers that can br brought indoors for winter for those who live and garden above USDA Zone 7a. Find Your Zone

TIP: If you are a tea lover and enjoy brewing your own, Yellow Big Leaf Tea is sure to please. 

Spacing:  5 to 6 feet apart for solid hedge; 12 feet or more apart for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Red Leaf Tea Plant adapts well to various soil types however prefers a moist but well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Constantly soggy soil is a slow killer. In general, most camellia plants grow and bloom better in part shade with some shelter from the hot afternoon sun. Morning and evening sun are ok.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Camellias...

*Espalier (pronounced: ih-spal-yay) ...an ornamental shrub or tree that has been trained to grow flat against a wall, fence, or other vertical, flat surface.

Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Species:  Camellia sinensis
Height at Maturity:  10-15' 
Width at Maturity:  6-10' 
Spacing:  5' for solid hedges; 12'+ for space between plants
Flower Color:  Soft Pink with Yellow tipped Pink stamens
Flower Size:  2"
Flowering Period:  Fall
Flower Type:  Single 
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity
Intolerances:  Direct Afternoon Sun, Constantly Soggy Soil

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