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Australian Native Orchids. Native orchids range from the spectacular epiphytic (growing on trees) and lithophytic (growing on rocks) species of the tropical jungles and warmer areas of Australia, to the intricately subtle terrestrial (growing in the ground) species found throughout the dry eucalypts forests throughout the continent.

Green walls (or Vertical Garden). Learn how to create an amazing vertical garden wall using a variety of plants including herbs.

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Plant description

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Camellias are superb garden plants, great for foliage and for flowers, and hardy and disease resistant once established. Very versatile, they can be left to grow naturally, pruned, espaliered, or can be grown in pots. New varieties have been developed for hedging. Camellia sinensis is the tea plant.

Glossy green simple leaves. Mostly large conspicuous flowers, though some varieties have dainty small flowers in profusion. Can be small shrubs to large upright trees. Generally trouble free, they need little spraying. They need regular watering while small, but once established they are fairly drought tolerant.

Camellias are native to the coast and mountain regions of Asia, and had been cultivated for centuries in China and Japan before Europeans discovered their beauty and usefulness.

For instructions on hedging see Angus Stewart's article about pruning.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: numerous
Flowering season: spring autumn winter

Scent

Some varieties are lightly fragranced

Plant size

Maximum height: 8 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres

Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds, bees, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: wet.

Soil pH: 5-6.5

Diseases

Petal blight

Pests

Leaf miner,scale,red spider mite

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: general purpose.

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