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)!!!
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?
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.