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1 year old plants
All £9.50 each, any 3 for £24.00 or any 5 for £35.00
2 year old plants
All £18.50 each, any 3 for £45.00 or any 5 for £65.00
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.
Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red) - rose-lavender
Height - 2-5m (6½-16ft)
Spread - 1-3m (3-10ft)
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)
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - aphids, scale insects, vine weevil, leaf spot.
Place of origin - Williamsii x japonica hybrid. USA. 1960. McCaskill Gardens, Pasadena, California
Camellia Types - japonica - The best known of all the camellias, Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica)
Flower Shape - Paeony - Mass mixed irregular petals, with or without stamens
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly columnar
Rounded to broadly spreading
- Camellia Care - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Soil Conditions
- Planting Tips
- Camellia Pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pests and Diseases
- Sooty mould in spring - Video Tip ondemand_video
- 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!