The Main Plant entry for Camellias (Camellia)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Camellia
  • Common Camellia
  • Japanese Camellia

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Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2008-03-09

Date: 2019-03-26
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-06
Location: KALAMA WA
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2012-04-10
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2012-04-10
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-04-01
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2008-03-09
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-06
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  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 20, 2013 8:48 AM concerning plant:
    Alabama's state flower.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 3:18 AM concerning plant:
    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

    "Camellia japonica is a flowering tree or shrub, usually 4.9–20 feet tall, but occasionally up to 36 feet tall. The youngest branches are purplish-brown, becoming grayish-brown as they age. The alternate leathery leaves are dark green on the top side, paler on the underside, usually 2.0–4.3 inches long by 1.0–2.4 inches wide with a stalk (petiole) about 0.2–0.4 inches long. The base of the leaf is pointed (cuneate), the margins are very finely toothed (serrulate) and the tip somewhat pointed.

    In the wild, flowering is between January and March. The flowers appear along the branches, particularly towards the ends, and have very short stems. They occur either alone or in pairs, and are 2.4–3.9 inches across. There are about nine greenish bracteoles and sepals. Flowers of the wild species have six or seven rose or white petals, each 1.2–1.8 inches long by 0.6–1.0 inches wide; the innermost petals are joined at the base for up to a third of their length. (Cultivated forms often have more petals.) The numerous stamens are 1.0–1.4 inches long, the outer whorl being joined at the base for up to 1.0 inches. The three-lobed style is about 1.2 inches long.

    The fruit consists of a globe-shaped capsule with three compartments (locules), each with one or two large brown seeds with a diameter of 0.4–0.8 inches. Fruiting occurs in September to October in the wild.

    C. japonica leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of some Lepidoptera, such as The Engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia). The Japanese white eye bird (Zosterops japonica) pollinates Camellia japonica."
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piksihk On January 1, 2020 Miscellaneous Event
Buds developing
piksihk On February 28, 2018 Bloomed
piksihk On July 6, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
Rooting 3 cuttings
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piksihk On December 28, 2015 Bloomed
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Camellia by rocklady Feb 26, 2021 10:08 AM 4
A Knockout Camellia? by tx_flower_child Sep 29, 2016 3:35 PM 4
Fool me once by tx_flower_child Dec 25, 2017 1:23 PM 3
Could be Camellia 'Cinderella'? by scvirginia Feb 28, 2019 11:33 AM 4
fragrant camellia by scvirginia Feb 18, 2022 7:00 PM 0

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