Prehistoric Pu'er

Yunnan Pu’er – The Mother of all Tea

The big-leaf Arbor Pu’er tea-trees are direct descendants of prehistoric tea plants.


About 70 million years ago Yunnan’s three major rivers; the Mekong, the Yangtze and the Nujiang helped create the ideal environmental conditions for the ancient magnolia plant to evolve into the ancestor of the big-leaf tea-tree we make Pu’er from today.



Prehistoric Plant Survivor


Later ice ages destroyed many prehistoric plant communities all over the world. But because Yunnan is so high above sea-level it remained glacier free and the big-leaf tree survived.


This tea-tree is the mother of every tea bush in the world.


And that’s why in Yunnan we say:


‘Pu’er is the origin of tea.’