Isn’t it interesting that the tea plant, which is an evergreen shrub, can grow to a height of sixty feet or more. I only picture it as those lovely tiered green rows of tea bushes growing at a height of about three to five feet (for ease of harvesting).
Those Camellia sinensis bushes thrive in tropical and semitropical climates with abundant rainfall. The best teas grow at high elevations of 3,000 to 6,000 ft. When the new leaves and buds sprout it is called a flush and early spring first flush teas can be expensive.
It is also interesting to me that there are around 2,000 sub-species of tea. Tea connoisseurs can actually identify the different varietals. I’m afraid my palate will probably not develop past discerning whether the tea pleases my taste buds, but that’s okay. As long as I have a good cuppa to enjoy – I’m good.