The Main Plant entry for Camellias (Camellia)

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Common names:
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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 and early spring
Spring
Pollinators: Bees

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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2008-03-09
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-01-24I love the lavender edges on the petal of this bloom
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Location: At a local nurseryDate: 2014-04-18
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Location: Beckenham Place Park, UKDate: 2014-02
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 1-6-2007
By jmorth
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-04-16
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Location: Wayneboro MS
By hementia
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Location: Wayneboro MSDate: 2007-12-17
By hementia
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Location: Our Yard, DeLand, FLDate: 2011-02-04
By rocklady
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-06
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: Feb 2013
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Location: At a local nurseryDate: 2014-04-18A newly fallen bloom
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Location: Beckenham Place Park, UKDate: 2014-03-10
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Location: CBC garden Date: 2015-12-02
By piksihk
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
By Gerris2
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Location: Camellia Gardens, Caringbah South, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2015-08-06
By carolem
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Location: Camellia Gardens, Caringbah South,  N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2015-08-06
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Location: Wayneboro MSDate: 2005-12-22
By hementia
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Location: Wayneboro MSDate: 2005-02-15
By hementia
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2012-04-10
By zuzu
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Location: Our yard, DeLand, FloridaDate: 2014-02-06
By rocklady
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 1-6-2007
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 1-6-2007
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Location: Philo, California
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Location: Variegated White-Pink SingleDate: 2013-04-05Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
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Location: My YardDate: 11/28/2015
By GaNinFl
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Location: my garden Date: 2015-12-27
By piksihk
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2017-02-06These grow on the same camellia bush in my garden.
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2017-02-04
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Location: Ft Worth Botanic, TxDate: 2017-11-18
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Location: Camellia Gardens, Caringbah South, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2015-08-06
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-04-01
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-06
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2012-04-10
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2008-03-09
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 2013-02-25
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2015-02-16
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Location: White Semi-DoubleDate: 2013-04-03Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
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Location: Small Dark Pink SingleDate: 2013-04-24Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
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Location: Pink Semi-DoubleDate: 2013-04-13Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
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Location: Pink Loose Informal DoubleDate: 2013-04-16Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 20, 2013 8:48 AM

Alabama's state flower.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 3:18 AM

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

"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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