- Position: partial shade (but not east-facing)
- Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil (or ericaceous compost for container-grown specimens)
- Rate of growth: slow
- Flowering period: October/November
- Hardiness:frost hardy
This is the shrub that is widely grown in the production of tea, and once it grows on a bit, its leaves can be picked and added to the pot to make up your own brew. It is an evergreen shrub that originates from China, and while it can get very large, it is usually clipped to a much more manageable 2m or so when grown on the plantations. It produce single white flowers in the autumn, then fresh new leaves in spring which are the best leaves to pick for your teapot.
Please note that this plant is supplied in a standard pot and the white pot cover seen in the photo is not included. If you are buying this as a gift, then the 12cm pot cover can be purchased separately.
- Garden care: Protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. Protect container-grown specimens in winter by wrapping with bubble wrap or hessian.