Companion Plants For The Tea Plant (Camellia Sinensis) In The Edible Landscape

We’re increasing humidity, training vines, and growing more food, using the Tea Plant, so what shall we plant with our precious Camellia Sinesis so that we can get tea and food all in the same place?

We're increasing humidity, training vines, and growing more food, using the Tea Plant, so what shall we plant with our precious Camellia Sinesis so that we can get tea and food all in the same place?
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asparagus companion planted with strawberries and a japanese maple tree
asparagus companion planted with strawberries and a japanese maple tree

Asparagus

When the goal is adding humidity and shade throughout the hot summer months, asparagus is an excellent choice.
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Bamboo

Growing your Tea Plant in the shade year round is absolutely a wonderful thing. 
Bambusa Vulgaris Wamin bareroot bamboo plant sitting in a Fuyu Persimmon Tree
Bambusa Vulgaris Wamin bareroot bamboo plant sitting in a Fuyu Persimmon Tree
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Fuyu Persimmon Tree

The Tea Bush will provide shade for the Fuyu Persimmon Tree, while the Fuyu Persimmon Tree does the same for the Tea Bush. Both of these plants are sensitive to sun-burn and do better with a bit of shade and a higher humidity, so putting them together will give you a beautiful, dark leaved jumble spotted with the bright orange and soon-to-be red fruits of the Fuyu Persimmon Tree. 
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Taro

A dependable perennial even for some folks in zone 7, ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ taro produces edible leaves that you can harvest and cook down like greens or spinach and also produce an edible tuber. Taro can grow to be pretty tall so in the heat of summer, the giant leaves provide lots of shade and humidity that tea plants will thoroughly appreciate. 
Taro, Edible Elephant Ear growing in the permaculture food forest
Taro, Edible Elephant Ear growing in the permaculture food forest
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Huge Sweet Potatoes Harvested From Companion Planting with Tomatoes
Huge Sweet Potatoes Harvested From Companion Planting with Tomatoes

Sweet Potatoes

When growing sweet potatoes, you always want to pair them with plants that have thick root systems that help break up the soil and make space for these edible tubers. Not only do tea plants have thick root systems, but the added humidity from the sweet potato vines can help your tea plants to grow faster. Since sweet potato vines grow to be so long, you can simply trail them over and through your tea bush(es) during the summer months to give your tea plants some protection from the hot summer sun. 
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Sugar Cane

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Peach Tree

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Raspberries

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