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Due to very high order volumes, there is an order limiting system in place at present. Please be aware that courier deliveries can be delayed, due to high volumes. The nursery and gardens are open 10.00 to 16.00 everyday, all are welcome.


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.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - shrubs or small trees.
  • Bicolor - white, pink, red or yellow
  • Partial shade - shelter from cold, dry winds and early morning sun.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - genus named by Linnaeus in honour of Georg Josef Kamel, also known as Camellus, a Moravian( Czech) Jesuit priest, and botanist (21 Apr. 1661 - 2 May 1706). Camellia (with a short 'e' as in 'egg') being the proper pronunciation.
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, scale insects, vine weevils, leaf spot, honey fungus.
  • Place of origin - woodland areas from northern India and the Himalayas, China, Japan, northern Indonesia, Java and Sumatra.
  • Burncoose Specialities - Camellias -
  • Flower Shape - Anemone - Several rows large outer petals with centre intermingled and stamens
  • Double - Multi rows of petals, no stamen showing
  • Formal double - Multi rows of petals in a symmetrical shape, no stamen showing
  • Paeony - Mass mixed irregular petals, with or without stamens
  • Semi-double - Two rows of petals with conspicuous stamens
  • Single - Row of petals round conspicuous stamens - no more than 8 petals
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving -
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
Camellia - A guide to sizing and pricing
Camellia - Care Guide
Camellia - Hybridisation
Camellias - Background info Videos.
Cold weather damage to evergreen plants
Planting to avoid allergic reactions and asthma
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds

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