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Camellia sinensis Paradise Green Tea

PBR Variety Name: 'Austea'
Common Name: Green Tea
Height , Low Growing (1.5 - 2m)
Spread: , Narrow (up to 1m)
Growing Conditions:
Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant, Full Sun, Moderate Watering, Part Shade, Tolerates Dryness
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Grow an endless supply of green tea leaves in your own backyard! The Tea Plant is type of Camellia and will grow anywhere other camellias will grow. When clipped annually, tea plants can easily be maintained as attractive bushes, to 1m with a dense and tidy habit.

Paradise camellias will grow Australia wide, they are tolerant of light frosts and heat. But may need some protection in extreme conditions.

Small to medium hedges

Informal borders

Container displays

Edible gardens

  • Containers
  • Hedging
  • Screening
  • Shrubs

Full sun or light shade

Camellia sasanqua prefer a well drained acid soil. They will not tolerate waterlogged soil and heavy soils should be improved with plenty of organic matter prior to planting.

Good drainage is essential. Heavy or clay soils will require raised beds and addition of organic matter to improve drainage conditions.

Space plants 70cm apart for a hedge or border.

With heavy, clay or very poor soils add organic matter to the area prior to planting.

Dig your hole approximately twice the size of the pot being transplanted.

Backfill around your plant with loose soil ensuring that the top of the root ball is sitting level with the surrounding ground.

Water deeply and apply mulch.

Paradise camellias are drought tolerant once established, however regular deep watering is needed for the first 3-6 months. Soil should be moist but not waterlogged.

Mulching will help to protect surface roots from extremes of temperature and also help to maintain moisture levels in the soil. The mulch layer should be applied 10cm thick and kept 5cm - 10cm away from the base of the plant to ensure adequate air flow around the stem of the plant.

Light pruning once a year after flowering is often all that is needed to keep sasanquas neat. However if more formal shapes or hedges are desired more pruning may be necessary. Be aware that trimming off spring growth will remove the next seasons flowers.

Feed only in spring and summer using a good quality complete fertiliser.

Look out for this label in all good garden centres.
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Pruned Vs UnPruned Height

The heights listed here are what is commonly achieved for this variety with periodic trimming and maintenance. Plants are living things and under certain conditions or without periodic maintenance, plants may achieve up to double the dimensions listed herein.