Image of a Camellia Sinensis Tea plant in a 1.5 litre pot, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ.  The leaves are dark green and spear-shaped.

Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)


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Fancy a cuppa?  Camellia Sinensis is a beautiful fragrant evergreen.  Its leaves can be used to make delicious green or black tea, and it looks amazing as a topiary or a hedge.  Don't miss out - these plants are hard to find!

Urban Bounty Camellia Sinensis come in a 3 litre pot.  They are still relatively young plants. 

What is Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)

Camellia Sinensis is a fragrant, evergreen bush with white flowers.  It is cultivated as a commercial crop in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia.  Although it can grow up to 1.5 metres high and wide, its size can easily be managed with pruning and containerising.   This lush plant looks picture perfect in elegant and tropical gardens and patio pots. 

Culinary Uses for Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)

Both the leaves and the buds of Camellia Sinensis can be harvested for tea from spring-summer.  The taste depends on the climate, soil type and site elevation. Green tea is made by steaming the tender young leaves and drying immediately.  Black tea leaves are fermented before drying.   

Pick tender young leaves at the tip of the branch.  Bruise gently in your hands to kick-start  fermentation. (Roll the leaves until they are darkened and wrinkled, but not torn.)  Lay a single layer of leaves on a tray, and place in a shady dry place for 2 - 3 days.  Gently bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius.  (This stops the fermentation process.)  Store in an airtight jar for use.  

Growing Conditions for Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant) 

As this plant is shallow rooted, avoid planting next to trees, or disturbing the soil around the base.  Bee pollination is needed to produce flowers, so we recommend companion planting with pollinator-attracting plants like Wild Garlic and Hosta (in shady spots) or Marigold and Calendula (in the sun). 

Once established, Camellia Sinensis is reasonably hardy.  It prefers woodland conditions (dappled shade with rich, moist and slightly acidic soil).  However, it also adapts well to sunnier spots and most well-draining soil types. When young, Tea Plants need shelter from frost and cold winds, but once mature, they are moderately frost hardy (except in spring, when new flower buds are forming).  This plant doesn't need much feeding.  It doesn't like waterlogged soil, but won't cope well with dry conditions either, so water regularly in periods of dry weather. Prune lightly after flowering to shape and promote density.  

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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