A Camellia Sampler

camshowanosakae (576x600) (288x300)Camellia x hiemalis ‘Showa-no-Sakae’ – An old hybrid of Winter Camellia with a name that translates as ‘glory of the new era’. It features ruffled double bright pink flowers with yellow stamens peeking through, starting in October. This cultivar is best grown in part sun in coastal BC and it can be trained as a groundcover shrub. Grows 4-5′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

camjurys2-297x300Camellia x williamsii ‘Jury’s Yellow’ (syn. ‘Jurui Huang’) – A unique Camellia with anemone form flowers of pure white petals surrounding a ruffled crest of creamy-yellow petaloids. This cross of Camellia saluensis and Camellia japonica ‘Edith Linton’ is long blooming, flowering from the early to late season in the spring. Grows 8 to 10′ high. Hardy to zone 7.

camblushingmaiden (300x298)Camellia sinensis ‘Blushing Maiden’ – This Tea Camellia is a hardier selection of Camellia sinensis ‘Rosea’ introduced by Piroche Plants back in 1992. It is somewhat similar to ‘Teabreeze’ but with small pale pink flowers (starting in early winter) accented by yellow stamens. The new leaves make an excellent cup of tea. Grows 7 to 10′ high. Hardy to zone 6-7.

camsubsprusticana-290x300Camellia japonica subsp. rusticana (syn. Camellia rusticana ‘Honda’) – A native of Honshu Japan with a local common name of ‘Yuki-Tubaki’ or ‘Snow Camellia’. It features single blooms (recurved when fully open) of a rich red from April to May, with contrasting golden stamens. The flowers nicely compliment the glossy green foliage. Grows 8-10′ high. Hardy to zone 6.

camjeanmay (300x289)Camellia sasanqua ‘Jean May’ – Another winter-flowering Camellia which is also an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. It bears fragrant double blooms of a pale shell pink that appear from late autumn into December. This cultivar (like most C. sasanqua) has a lax branching habit but makes a fine espalier when trained on trellis. Grows 8-10′ high by 6′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

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