Origins - Far East.
Type - Perennial (evergreen).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 7 - 9.
Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, depending on species, and location.
Approx. up to 12 ft. (3.6 m).
Best in semi-shade. Camellias
like rich, moist soils, perfect in woodland garden setting.
By seeds (sow in late Spring). By cuttings (take these at the beginning of July).
Hundreds of different species, all absolutely gorgeous. Camellias have great foliage, and delicately fragranced blooms. They make great Spring garden highlight.
Their leaves, seeds, and essential oils are used in production of beverage, health, and beauty products, notably, tea.
That good old tea, most of us enjoy, daily, is actually made from Camellia (sinensis) leaves. Steamed
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