What Are Good Garden Varieties?
With thousands of varieties, your choices for Camellia's are almost limitless. Selecting the right variety is the key to successfully growing one. Flower colors range from pure white to vivid red. Varieties include C. japonica, C. sasanqua and C. retuculata with Japonica being the most popular and hardiest species. Camellia flowers also have many forms, single, semi double, anemone, peony and formal double. Japonica and Sasanquas can reach 7-12 feet high with a spread of about 5-7 feet. Japonicas are typically upright with a pyramidal form and flower from late August to May depending on variety (Zones 7, 8, 9). And Sasanquas are usually more columnar and spreading. They typically flower from October through January (zones 7, 8, 9) depending on variety. The blooms of Sasanqua typically are 2-3 1/2 wide while Japonica has blooms from 2-6 across. C. reticulata are less hardy and grow tall and lanky.
Camellias are excellent for informal borders, specimens and accent plants. Generally speaking, there are early bloomers that bloom prior to January 1, mid-season which bloom from January through February and late bloomers from March on.
Japonica Varieties Red
Adolphe Audusson M Dixie Knight M to L Christmas Beauty E
Dr. Tinsley M Marie Bracey E to M Sawadas Dream E to M
Purity L September Morn E White Empress E to M
Bonanza Sparkling Burgundy Yuletide
Daydream Star Above Star
Very Cold Hardy
Polar Ice Winters Hope Winters Peopny
Fire n Ice April Blush April Remembered
C. reticulata. "Shot Silk" pink "Captain Rawes - pink
This is only an overview of the most common species. As new information becomes available the page will be updated.