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There are about 3,000 different types of tea. The flavour of teas, like wines, depends on where they grow as well as the type of bush! You can see tea bushes growing on a slope in our Outdoor Gardens.
Tea is thought to have originated in west China. Today it is grown in around 45 countries in the subtropics and the mountainous regions of the tropics, from sea level to over 2,000m.
Most tea is grown at fairly high altitudes in a cool, moist mountain climate. The tender evergreen plants flourish in deep, rich soils, even temperatures, high humidity and with at least 1.3m of rain a year. Although tea bushes can grow up to 6m tall, they are cultivated shorter to make picking easier.