Fukien Tea Plant

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Fukien Tea Plant

September 9, 2012 Did You Know? Flowering Shrubs 0

The Fukien Tea Plant is named for the Fukien or Fujien Province of S. China where it is native.  Its botanical name which most people are familiar with is Carmona microphylla.  However, recently it has been renamed Ehretia buxifolia.  It is a member of the Boraginaceae family, or Borage Family.  In the Philippines, the leaves are used medicinally to treat coughs, colic, diarrhea, and dysentery.

Fukien Tea Plants are commonly used for bonsai specimens due to their small glossy leaves, white flowers, and tiny red fruits.  However, in S. Florida it can be used as a hedge or stand alone small tree or shrub obtaining a height of 10-12′.  The nursery has large full plants in 3 gal. containers.

Here is another interesting use of Fukien Tea in the Philippines.

Carmona microphylla (Fukien Tea Bonsai)

Carmona microphylla (Fukien Tea Hedge)

Carmona microphylla (Fukien Tea Informal Hedge)

Carmona microphylla (Fukien Tea 3gal. Pots)