Camellia sinensis. The source of the world's most popular caffeine drink, the tea plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree with glossy dark green elliptic leaves. Tea plants bloom in the autumn with fragrant, nodding cup shaped flowers about 1 in (2.5 cm) wide. The seven or eight petals are white. Native to China. Tea is a fantastic source of antioxidants which are known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and promote cardiovascular health.
What sets this variety apart from the others is the large and leathery leaves and it can be identified just by feeling the thickness of a single leaf. The plant becomes a multi-trunked tree to about 15 feet tall. This variety starts blooming as early as August from spherical buds that open into cup shaped white flowers. It is a profuse bloomer and produces many nickel sized fruits. When harvesting tea this has the advantage that your bag fills up much faster because the shoots are larger.
All types of tea come from the same plant
The source of the world's most popular caffeine drink
evergreen shrub or small tree with glossy dark green elliptic leaves
Native to China. Fragrant, nodding cup shaped flowers