Camellia shrubs have been cultivated for thousands of years, and it's easy to see why. There are hundreds of varieties on the market today, ranging from a wide range of flower types, fragrance and form. We've selected the best varieties for our area, Camellia Capital of the World.
Camellia sasanqua AKA Sun Camellias have glossy green foliage, and are generally more sun-tolerant than Japanese Camellias. Their flowers are simple and sometimes lightly fragrant. They bloom fall through winter.
Here are some of our favorite Sun Camellias:
- 'Bonanza': Frilly peony-form of bright red blooms grace this low growing, spreading plant.
- 'Cleopatra': Rose pink semi double flowers have slightly undulating petals on an upright shrub.
- 'Kanjiro': Bright pink semi double blooms on a low growing, mounding plant. Excellent choice for a foundation shrub.
- 'Setsugekka': Bright yellow stamens peek through concentric rings of wavy white petals. Graceful semi weeping form is ideal for espalier.
- 'Yuletide': One of the most popular varieties, bears dozens of single red flowers on a sturdy, upright shrub.
Camellia japonica or Japanese Camellias tend to have slightly larger leaves than the sasanqua varieties, and more intricate formal flowers. They bloom winter through early spring.
Here are just a few of the many choices available:
- 'Bob Hope': Large, vigorous shrub produces very large semi double crimson blooms with golden yellow stamens peeking through.
- 'Chandleri Elegans': A striking example of anemone-form blooms, mottled with pink and white.
- 'Magnoliaeflora': The pale pink petals of this semi double flower curve slightly inward, adding depth.
- 'Mrs. Charles Cobb': The deep red petals of this large, semi double peony-form flower almost resemble a full, frilly petticoat.
- 'Nuccio's Gem': Prized for its creamy white petals laid out in a pleasing symmetrical pattern.
Camellias are so popular because of the numerous varieties, long bloom season, and perfect beauty-to-effort ratio.
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