The tea plant can be grown as a shrub or a small tree. It is evergreen, producing showy flowers, though it is most notable for its foliage, which, when immature, is harvested to produce tea beverages. Leaves can vary in length between two and six inches and are a pale green when young with soft white hairs on their undersides. Older leaves are a darker, deeper shade of green and lose their hairs. These plants are very attractive, producing lush foliage that retains its color all year round.