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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.
Flower colour: numerous
Flowering season: spring autumn winter
Some varieties are lightly fragranced
Maximum height: 8 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres
Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: birds, bees, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: wet, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5-6.5
Leaf miner,scale,red spider mite
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: general purpose.