Camellia sinensis "Large Leaf"
The large, leathery leaves of the "Large Leaf" plant are dark green and strongly reticulated with pronounced serrations. These seedlings easily become multi-trunked trees reaching 15' tall with profuse shoots to harvest from. This variety has some of the largest flowers of any of our tea plants. Seed production is variable possibly because this is a tetraploid variety. The thick leaves and larger flowers are typical of tetraploid plants. Originally this was a USDA introduction from the 1970s but we have been unable to trace the origins. A favorite for white tea because the buds are quite large.
Average mature leaf size: 6" x 3"
10 year size: 10' x 10'