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Name: Vicki
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vic
Apr 17, 2012 3:12 AM CST
First thing I did was to see how close they were but they are on the other side of the state - over by Shoe - Pffttt.

Anxious to see your camellia's grow and see how your tea turns out. I drink it everyday in my smoothie. Thumbs up
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 17, 2012 3:46 AM CST
Thanks for this info. I hadn't thought about growing my own tea since leaving CA where I had Camellia sinensis and loved it. I drink a lot of green tea and it appears this plant will survive in my zone. Hurray!

Going to purchase a few of these. Perfect in a perennial garden as well. Green Grin!

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Name: Trish
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Trish
Apr 17, 2012 6:44 AM CST

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Vic- a road trip, maybe Green Grin!
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Tee- I'm very excited about it. They should grow well in your zone, even some of the ornamental camellias are hardy to 6!

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 17, 2012 7:29 AM CST
Hilarious! Whistling It doesn't take much for me to be enabled. As long as it's perennial or a veggie, herb or heavy reseeder here. I'm not entirely lazy but just like to put my energy elsewhere in the garden.
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Apr 17, 2012 8:03 AM CST
I think I've killed more camellias than any other plant just trying to get one to grow here, but oh boy, I really love green tea.

Thanks for such an informative review, Trish.
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Name: Trish
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Trish
Apr 17, 2012 8:15 AM CST

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Sharon- is the freeze killing them, or?? The small leaf variety is listed as hardy to 6b.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Apr 17, 2012 8:16 AM CST
I have the small leaf. It's HUGE and the birds build nests in it Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Apr 17, 2012 8:32 AM CST
It's been a couple of years since the demise of the last camellia, and I probably had one that was not hardy here. Someone sent me a rooted cutting that lived for a few months but no more. Either I never knew or I don't remember which one it was.

Starting over now though. I'll get the right one this time. Smiling
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Trish
Apr 17, 2012 8:37 AM CST

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Vic- bigger than 6 feet?
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vic
Apr 17, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Oh yes, we actually keep it trimmed to just below the gutter. It's huge!

It's a Sasanqua - plantation pink - fall bloomer - beautiful pink blooms.

Sharon, did you by any chance have it in full sun? Mine gets more shade than sun.

I'm pretty sure I posted blooms in the db but probably not the whole thing. It's trunk is about 8". It's 12 or 13 years old.
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Sharon
Apr 17, 2012 9:32 AM CST
I thought it was getting only morning sun, Vic, but it might not have been getting enough.
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plantladylin
Apr 17, 2012 10:06 AM CST
Trish: Thanks so much for this great review and photo's! Those plants sure were packed amazingly well and look very healthy ... Kudo's to Camellia Forest Nursery for selling healthy plants and packing them so well for shipment! I'm going to check out their website to see if they offer any Camellia's that might grow in my zone! I love green tea but I don't think I'd have the patience to make my own ... getting lazier with each birthday. Green Grin!

I had a pretty Camellia sasanqua 'Northern Lights' a few years ago. It did very well in shade but when we had two consecutive harsh winters it killed the Schefflera trees that were shading it and the Camellia ended up getting fried by the intense Florida sun. Since moving into my new house I found a small Camellia planted in the yard but it's kind of sickly looking and it's being taken over by Boxwood hedges. I need to try to figure out what it's issues are and transplant it to a different area. I saw photo's on line of two sasanqua's that I'd love to find, one called 'Little Pearl' and another called 'Paradise Blush' that were really beautiful ... and a red one that I think was called 'Yuletide'. My sister in North Georgia used to have some really large, really beautiful Camellias in her yard.

Camellia sasanqua 'Northern Lights': ..... And the unknown Camellia currently growing in my yard:
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Trish
Apr 17, 2012 3:19 PM CST

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Finding a good balance of sun and shade is my problem as well...
We haven't expanded gardens far enough to have any amount of shade yet.
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Apr 18, 2012 8:25 PM CST
I am watching this so I can hopefully see how your tea turns out!!.. too cool
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 19, 2012 4:16 AM CST
I did order a couple of the tea plants and they will arrive next week. I'm really looking forward to growing them here. Thanks again. Green Grin!
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Name: Trish
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Apr 19, 2012 7:10 AM CST

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Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
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