Tea leaves appear in different sizes from small to medium sizes, from oval to elliptical in shape of sizes 5-10 centimeters in length. The shiny dark green leaves grow in an alternate pattern. These are leathery in texture, and have serrated edges that taper to a pointed tip.
Tea leaves are also known to have hairy undersides, and there is a central, light green vein running the length of the leaf. The leaves grow on a thick, dark brown fibrous stem. Tea leaves have a bitter taste with herbal, grassy notes and may offer a tannic mouthfeel when steeped.