This is a favorite in my yard. The blooms are 4-5 inches across.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
It's now the peak season for Camellia japonica and their beautiful blooms are everywhere. Thousands of varieties exist, mostly in shades of pink, white, or red. They are native to China but are popular in all regions where they grow (USDA Zones 6-9). They prefer filtered light and an evenly moist, acid soil. Camellias are slow growers with a shrubby habit but can eventually reach 15-20 feet after many years. The dark green, glossy leaves are attractive year-round.