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1 year old plants - Approx plant size 6 - 10 inches
All £9.50 each, any 3 for £24.00 or any 5 for £35.00
2 year old plants - Approx plant size 12 - 18 inches
All £17.50 each, any 3 for £45.00 or any 5 for £65.00
3 year old plants - Approx plant size 18 - 24 inches
All £21.00 each, any 3 for £54.00 or any 5 for £80.00
J = japonica
S = sasanqua
R = reticulata
W = x williamsii
Sp = species
Sizes and varieties available change throughout the year. For up to date availability see website. Please do specify substitutes if and where you can. Some varieties flower in OCT-NOV, others go on from JAN-MAY.
Genus of over 250 species of long-lived, elegant, evergreen shrubs and small trees, 1-20m (3-65ft) tall, from areas of acid soil in woodland areas from northern India and the Himalayas to China and Japan and south to northern Indonesia, Java and Sumatra. They usually have bold, glossy leaves and flowers in shades of white, pink, red or yellow. Some are fragrant.
Economically important in the subcontinent of India and Asia, the leaves of C. sinensis are processed for the beverage tea and C. oleifera produces tea seed oil used for cooking. The UK climate is suitable for camellia and "grow your own" tea is becoming popular, especially the green variety with its high level of antioxidants. C. sinensis var. sinensis is the China tea and C. sinensis var. assamica the Indian version.
Cultivated in the gardens of China and Japan for centuries before they were seen in Europe, varieties were brought in in the late 18th century by the British East India Company as the tea trade flourished.
Pests & Diseases - aphids, scale insects, vine weevils, leaf spot.
Place of Origin - garden origin. USA. 1962.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Height - to 9m (28ft)
Spread - to 8m (25ft)
Evergreen - large, serrated leaves 10.5cm x 5.5cm (4¼ins x 2½ins)
Tall Shrub - upright growing with blooms to 12.5cm (5ins) across and 6cm (2½ins) deep with 12-15 petals and varying petaloids
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Rounded to broadly columnar
Flower Shape - Paeony - Mass mixed irregular petals, with or without stamens - variable in form
Semi-double - Two rows of petals with conspicuous stamens - variable in form
- Camellia Care - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Soil Conditions
- Planting Tips
- Camellia Pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pests and Diseases
- Flowering Periods
- Self Seeding Camellia reticulata - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Further Reading
to 9m (28ft)
to 8m (25ft)