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Passionflowerz
Punta Gorda, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8783821

Hi,
Are camellias related to rhododenrons and azaleas? I can't seem to find a forum for them, and thought the people over here could tell me more, since they look very similar. TY
luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2011
10:38 PM

Post #8784337

Hello, TY. They are not technically related but I am familiar with camellias and will try to answer your question. You have some nice camellia sources close to where you live (Erinon Nursery in Plymouth) and other nice places to view camellias (Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando)!!!
Passionflowerz
Punta Gorda, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 30, 2011
6:03 AM

Post #8784691

TY Luis (TY is Thank You :) )
I was really just wondering more about them in general, and wondered if Dave's Garden had a forum for them, as they
questions I have will be ongoing.
My question of the moment is..Why do they separate them as ones for tea, and ones not for tea? Can't they all be
used for making tea?
luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 30, 2011
11:49 AM

Post #8785186

For "eons", camellia sinensis and its leaves leaves have been bred especially for making flavorful teas. The others -you could try- do not taste as well. At least they did not taste that great when someone made a tea for me using japonica leaves. Then again, our taste buds are all so different that they may taste different/well to you.
Passionflowerz
Punta Gorda, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 30, 2011
4:40 PM

Post #8785648

Thanks again. This is good to know, especially when one is starting a tea garden.
I suppose I won't be able to get the most loveliest of flowers, but I will have some great tea blends.
luis_pr
Hurst, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 30, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8785679

You may be interested in this link then...

http://www.camforest.com/Camellia_sinensis_s/34.htm

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