Silver Dust Tea Plant. This is another one of those rare selections of Tea that I had never seen outside of Japan. It had not been given an official cultivar name by the Japanese, so I took the liberty of giving it this name. I saw it growing in the garden of Dr. Masato Yokoi, who co-authored several variegated plant books, and he shared a couple of cuttings with me. Dr. Yokoi is a retired college professor and one of the world's authorities on plant pigments. He speaks excellent English. The new growth emerges in the spring almost completely white and as the leaves slowly harden, they turn green, with some silver flecking remaining in some of the leaves. With later flushes of growth, the leaves will remain almost white the entire winter. Keep this one in some shade as the new growth will tend to burn in full sun. It's ultimate size will reach 4-6' in height with an equal spread.