Friday, 11 May 2018

Camellia

Flower of the month - May 2018


image M. Reid 
KINGDOM:  Plantae

ORDER:  Ericales

FAMILY:  Theaceae

GENUS:  Camellia

SPECIES:  Lots

Camellias are evergreen shrubs mostly with dark green slightly waxy leaves which from Autumn through Winter and then into Spring - depending on species and variety.

There are over 180 other species of camellia - and include the tea camellia - C. sinensis (all the world's tea - black and green - comes from plantations of Camellia sinensis). 


C. crapnelliana

Within the Camellia 'family' there are many species. The most well known ones include japonica, sasanqua, reticulata but the most unusual Camellia species is, Camellia crapnelliana. It has seed pods almost as big as a coconut and such a great name!

Don't forget your camellias for the competition table Saturday 19 May.


The Camellia was the flower of the month in June 2016 and in that post there are some 'Growing Problems and Solutions' included which might be interesting if your Camellia is looking a bit crook! Also there is a link to an article written by one of my all time favourite horticultural journos, Angus Stewart.

CHGC visited an Azalea and Camellia nursery in the Bellinger Valley (which has since closed unfortunately) where we saw the most amazing varieties - there are some images found at this post of that outing.




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