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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. Japan. Ashizawa, Kantô district.
sasanqua - Camellia sasanqua (Christmas Camellia) is a species of Camellia
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Height - to 3m (10ft)
Spread - to 3m (10ft)
Evergreen - elliptic to oblong-elliptic leaves to 8cm (3in) long, dark green above, paler beneath.
Tall Shrub - erect shrub. Produces flowers to 5cm (2in) across.
Full Sun - will tolerate full sun once established. Keep roots cool and moist.
Scented flowers - musty fragrance.
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Neutral to acid soil
Rounded to broadly columnar
Rounded to broadly spreading
Flower Colour - White - with delicate magenta pink margins.
Flower Shape - Cup-shaped
Single - Row of petals round conspicuous stamens - no more than 8 petals
- 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
- Allergic reactions and pollen
- Plants which produce masses of pollen - to avoid
- Plants producing little pollen - relatively safe!
to 3m (10ft)
to 3m (10ft)