Japanese Camellias / Camellia japonica

camgrandiflorarosea (290x300)Camellia japonica ‘Grandiflora Rosea’ – The very simple form of this semi-double Japanese Camellia makes it quite effective, as the deep rose flowers are nicely accented by a contrasting central boss of yellow stamens. ‘Grandiflora Rosea’ is a vigorous grower with glossy deep green foliage. A variegated sport with irregular white blotches is also available. Grows 8-12′ high by 8-10′ wide. Z7.

camfinlandiavariegata (300x300)Camellia japonica ‘Finlandia Variegata’ (syn. ‘Finlandia Variegated’) – This Japanese Camellia is full of surprises as each of the semi-double white blooms with irregular rose-pink streaks (and yellow stamens showing through) is a little bit different. It flowers for 4-6 weeks in spring and is best grown in part sun. Grows 8 to 12′ high by 6 to 8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

camjupiter (298x300)Camellia japonica ‘Jupiter’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner was developed at Hillier & Sons Nursery in England around 1904. It flowers from early to mid spring with 4 to 5″ wide single to semi-double blooms of bright rose with contrasting bright gold stamens. It is a free-flowering cultivar with glossy evergreen foliage. Grows 8-12′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

camcomtedegomer (300x297)Camellia japonica ‘Comte de Gomer’ – A very old and beautiful cultivar of Japanese Camellia that originates from 1860. It bears striking formal double blooms of pale pink petals with fine streaks of rose-red and generally flowers from late March through to early May. Japanese Camellias can tolerate sun with evenly moist (but not wet) acidic soils. Grows 6-10′ high by 5-7′ wide. Zone 7.

cammathotianasupreme (300x297)Camellia japonica ‘Mathotiana Supreme’ – This sport of ‘Mathotiana’ originates from Nuccio’s Nurseries of Altadena California, who have been specializing in Camellias since the 1930’s. ‘Mathotiana Supreme’ features very large (up to 6″ across) semi-double crimson-pink flowers, occasionally streaked in white. Grows 8-10′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

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