Camellia japonica ‘Carter’s Sunburst’ (syn. ‘Carter’s Sunburst Variegated’) – An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with variable semi-double to formal double blooms of pale pink or creamy-white with rose pink streaking, often flowering from April to May. It is a slow growing cultivar and is best planted in part sun. Grows 6-10′ high by 4-7′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner bears very large silvery-pink semi-double flowers in spring. This cultivar ‘self-cleans’, as the spent blooms drop to the ground instead of browning on the shrub itself. Tolerates both partial shade and sun when given even soil moisture. Prune after flowering. Grows 8-10′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Camellia japonica ‘C.M. Wilson’ – This sport of Camellia japonica ‘Elegans’ features huge silvery-pink flowers borne in an anemone form. It was discovered back in 1936 and prefers a part sun or filtered light exposure with evenly moist (but well drained) humus-rich soil. Some protection from cold winter winds is also desirable. Grows 8-10′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Camellia japonica ‘Fred Sander’ (syn. ‘Fimbriata Superba’) – An unusual Japanese Camellia with large semi-double, fringed-edged (like a carnation) bright scarlet flowers with pale yellow stamens occasionally showing through. These are borne mid spring over glossy, deep green foliage. A variegated form (irregular white blotches) is also available. Grows 8-10′ high. Hardy to zone 7.
Camellia japonica subsp. quercifolia ‘White Mermaid’ – A rare white-flowered form of the Fish-Tail Camellia that was selected and introduced by Piroche Plants of Pitt Meadows in 1994. It features six-petaled single blooms of white (up to 4″ across) with contrasting yellow stamens. The leaves also flare at the tips, resembling a Mermaid’s tail. Grows 7-10′ high. Zone 7.