Camellia japonica L.

Japanese Camellia, Common Camellia

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Family: Theaceae

Genus: Camellia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 8 to 15' tall, 6 to 10' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

Blooms, 3 to 5" diameter, in late winter to early spring, semi-double to double flowers, pink, white, red and variegated. Prefers moist, well-drained soil an high organic matter. Typically larger leaf than Camellia sasanqua.

From Bot. Reg. It is said to attain the size of a considerable tree, with a short trunk, dividing into numerous spreading branches... All will live in the open air in England, but the natural time of flowering falling in a season too inclement in these parts for the expansion of the bloom, they can never be seen in perfection in any place but the conservatory...

Cultivars: 

There are hundreds of cultivars. Visit the American Camellia Society for more information.

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History: 

Native to China, Japan, South Korea. Introduced in 1739 to the UK.

First cultivated in 1742.

First published in Sp. Pl. 2: 698 in 1753.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 22 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. This fine evergreen shrub, in all its varieties, is the produce of China and Japan, where it forms a chief feature of every garden and grove.

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