The Q&A Archives: Camellia types best for Southern California

Question: I am looking for a Camellia that blooms well in a North Eastern exposure close to the beach in Sunset Zone 24. Would like a loose, yet full habit.


Erin King

Answer: There are many camellias that would grow well in the environment you describe; C. reticulata, which thrives in partial shade and produces spectacular blooms, and C. japonica, a relatively shade-loving variety that is by far the most widely planted.

Those that would do particularly well include Dr. Clifford Parks: Midseason, red with orange cast, semi-double to anemone to loose to full peony form;
Frank Houser: Early to midseason, red, semi-double to peony form;
Terrell Weaver: Midseason, flame to dark red, semi-double to loose peony form, unusual variegation; and Valentine Day: Midseason, salmon pink, formal double with rosebud center.

Hope one of these appeals to you!

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