Camellias

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Camellias

Camellias have fascinated gardeners for hundreds of years. They bloom through the fall, winter and early spring, a time of year that most garden plants are sleeping through. Bloom times are species dependent. Camellias hybridize readily so there are hundreds of varieties. Our focus here is pollinators so we will focus on the single flowered forms that allow easy access to the abundance of pollen and nectar in Camellia flowers.

Historically in the United States Camellias have been a plant for the deep south but breeders have expanded their hardiness north to zone 6 with a protected planting site. This is still the southern part of the country but is much farther north of the zone 8 varieties of old. Tea Camellias remain a tender perennial that must be brought indoors during the winter.

Camellias grow to 12′ tall over time and their evergreen foliage is a welcome sight during the drab brown and gray winter months. They prefer a moist soil with afternoon shade if available. They do not like standing water or extended drought conditions.

Below are descriptions of the varieties we have:

 

Spring Blooming Camellias:

 

April Blush

Camellias
April Blush

April Blush is a slow growing compact Camellia with a heavy set of blushed pink semi-double flowers. The flowers are still open enough for the bees to work them.

April Dawn

Camellias
April Dawn

The April Dawn Camellia is a vigorous upright grower with a heavy set of pink and white variegated double petaled flowers. It blooms mid to late season in the spring

April Rose

Camellias
April Rose

April Rose Camellia is compact and upright in form with lots of rose red medium sized double petaled flowers. It is hardy to zone 6 in a protected site.

 

Springs Promise

Springs Promise Camellia
Springs Promise Camellia

Springs Promise Camellia is a long season blooming Camellia. It will have flowers from late fall through winter into early spring with the most appearing in early spring. Flowers are single, 3″ to 4″ across and are pinkish red with yellow centers. The stamens and pistils are exposed and are easily accessible by bees and other early pollinators.

Springs Promise Camellia is hardy in zones 6 to 9 and will grow to a height of 5′ to 8′

Like all Camellias, it likes moist soil but not standing water. A mulch will help keep the soil cool and afternoon shade will keep it from getting sunburn during summer. In northern areas, planting in a protected location will help protect from winter injury.

 

 

 

 

Fall Blooming Camellias:

 

Northern Lights

Camellias
Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a fast growing upright Camellia. Its white flowers are unusual for a fall blooming Camellia. Flowers are single in form. Hardy to zone 7

 

 

Yuletide

Yuletide Camellia
Yuletide Camellia

Yuletide Camellia is a Camellia sassquanna and is a fall, winter Camellia. It has small dark green leaves and bright red flowers with bright yellow centers that open in December and January. Because of its bloom season, covering it on cold nights will help keep the flower buds from freezing.

Yuletide Camelia is a little more tender than some of the other Camellias we offer. It is hardy in zones 7 to 9 and will grow to 6′ to 10′ tall. It has an upright growth pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Camellia

Tea Camellia
Tea Camellia

The Small Leaf Tea Camellia is the source of our favorite beverage Iced Tea. It is a half hardy shrub that can be grown outside with protection in zone 6. If brought indoors during winter it can be grown much farther north.

Tea Camellias of course produce leaves that when dried can be used to make tea but they also bloom in fall every year and the small single flowers produce a nectar and pollen source for honeybees and other pollinators.

This is a unique edible plant that is steeped in history.

 

 

 

 

 

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Camellias

April Blush, April Dawn, April Melody, April Rose, April Snow, Springs Promise, Long Island Pink, Northern Lights, Yuletide, Tea Camellia