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Camellia Flowers - Photos and Information

Updated on March 23, 2014

'Jinqu' - Camellia edithea - Theaceae

Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae - A gorgeous deep pink flower.
Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae - A gorgeous deep pink flower. | Source
Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae
Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae | Source
Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae
Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae | Source
Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae
Camellia 'Jinqu' Theaceae | Source

Camellias - A Broadleaf Evergreen Favorite

Camellias are a lovely flowering tree or shrub. To those that grow them, nothing else quite compares. They are loved for their foliage and spectacular blooms. While they don't grow well in my particular time zone in the Midwest USA, I still enjoy them very much when I can see them. For example, at the botanical garden in my area, they have an indoor area that houses the camellia trees, as well as many other plants like cacti and citrus trees.


Where Camellias Grow

You can find many varieties of camellias growing in the South Atlantic states of the United States, and all along the gulf coast. You can also find them along the Pacific coast. They do not need to be grown indoors in these areas to survive the winters. These camellias can be grown into trees and shrubs, or be kept small.

When Camellias Grow

You can find camellias growing south of zone seven, and blooming during the months of September through April. This always struck me as a strange time to bloom, considering the time of year and when we normally see other flowers blooming. They are a treat in this sense, as they bloom in the "off times" compared to many other flowers. Camellias can bloom early, mid to late with their season, and it just depends on the one you have.

Colors of Camellias

The general colors you will see with camellias are pinks, whites, reds and lavenders. The ones referred to as red are often a deeper coral color, or a deep rich pink color. As for the pinks, you will see many variations as you see in the photos here. Sometimes you can see variations with streaks or spots on them. They are a very beautiful flower, and have many loyal fans.

Pink Camellias with White

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'Fragrant Pink' - Camellia Japonica

This camellia is more of a bubblegum pink, and very beautiful.
This camellia is more of a bubblegum pink, and very beautiful. | Source
Camellia 'Fragrant Pink'
Camellia 'Fragrant Pink' | Source
"Fragrant Pink' - Camellia
"Fragrant Pink' - Camellia | Source

Moisture and Soil Conditions to Consider for Camellias

If you are going to grow camellias, there are some things to know. The level of moisture is important for them. For instance, camellias need constant moisture, yet their roots can't remain soggy. This can be a bit of a trick for some gardeners. One ideal situation is to plant them on a slope of some kind, where the water can run off and drain off.

In locations where the soil is considered to be "heavy," it is a good idea to plant some gravel in the bottom of the hole you dig for your camellia bush. This allows the roots to be up and out of the sitting water, which can just keep the gravel or small stones wet instead. I have lived in areas with high clay content, and the water can sit in such a hole. This would be a perfect solution.

Soil Conditions for Your Camellia

Make sure to use a good planting mixture for camellias when planting your camellia. Follow the instructions that come with your plant. Or, you can use a mixture that includes one third humus, one third acid soil, and one third manure (from a barnyard, for example), or a commercial fertilizer designed for camellias.

You will want to fertilize your camellias after they bloom, and then again in June or July.

Pink Camellia - Japonica 'C.M. Wilson' Theaceae

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Even before they are fully open, camellias are very beautiful.Light pink Camellia flower.Camellia Japonica, 'C.M. Wilson' - Theaceae.
Even before they are fully open, camellias are very beautiful.
Even before they are fully open, camellias are very beautiful. | Source
Light pink Camellia flower.
Light pink Camellia flower. | Source
Camellia Japonica, 'C.M. Wilson' - Theaceae.
Camellia Japonica, 'C.M. Wilson' - Theaceae. | Source

Camellia Japonica - 'Guest of Honor' Theaceae

I love this camellia, with the darker pink and white on the petals. 'Guest of Honor,' Camellia Japonica.
I love this camellia, with the darker pink and white on the petals. 'Guest of Honor,' Camellia Japonica. | Source

Color Retention and Watering for Camellias

Watering your camellia is critical for its health, and the best time is once a week throughout the summer and into early fall. It is recommended that you get the leaves wet or sprayed down during hot weather.

One way to keep a camellia cool is to mulch the soil around it. This helps to retain its moisture as well.

To help with retaining color, some shade or dappled shade helps with that. Depending on your location, it is good to protect your camellia from direct midday or afternoon sun, if possible. These are good ideas to remember at the time of planting, as it can save a lot of problems down the road.

Camellia Japonica - 'California' - Theaceae

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'California' Camellia'California' CamelliaCamellia Bud - 'California'
'California' Camellia
'California' Camellia | Source
'California' Camellia
'California' Camellia | Source
Camellia Bud - 'California'
Camellia Bud - 'California' | Source

I loved the varieties I showed here, that I was able to capture with my camera. This is just a small sampling however, of the many different camellias out there to enjoy. They are a truly enjoyable plant and flower to own. If you have the benefit of having a place to grow camellias indoors, then that is wonderful.

'Marc Eleven' - Camellia Japonica - Theaceae

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'Marc Eleven' - Camellia Japonica'Marc Eleven', Camellia Japonica
'Marc Eleven' - Camellia Japonica
'Marc Eleven' - Camellia Japonica | Source
'Marc Eleven', Camellia Japonica
'Marc Eleven', Camellia Japonica | Source

Camellia Flower Poll

Have you ever had a camellia shrub, tree or plant growing at your place of residence?

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Camellia Japonica - 'Descanso Yuletide' - Theaceae

This camellia is white with darker pink stripes on it.
This camellia is white with darker pink stripes on it. | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello PS, it makes me so glad that you like how pretty these flowers are, and I love them too. Thank you for your visit and kind words and loving those angels too!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Very informative and I am drunk on the beauty. I adore these flowers. When I am settled in a new home, the first thing I will buy will be several of these.

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Stella, I think the camelias are so beautiful too. Where I live now, they would freeze in the winter, so I see them in gardens when I get to go to them. Like you, I like the bubblegum pink colored ones too. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

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      stella vadakin 

      3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      The camelias are beautiful. I have never grown one. I really like the bubblegum pink color ones . I would try to grow them but I have too much planted now. A very interesting and pretty Hub.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you for you visit to my Camelias hub, and for your comment.

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      SweetiePie 

      4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love your photographs of the camellia flowers. It is a nice flowering shrub to look at.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Suzanne, Yes, that they are flowering when many others are not, make them perfect! That is, if the weather in your area doesn't get too cold. It is great many have had success growing them indoors though. Thank you for your visit, and vote and comment!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Donna, I am so glad you found it interesting, and I agree the plants are beautiful! Thanks for your comment.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Examiner, Oh I think I posted what I had said before to you incorrectly, and thank you for the clarification. (Or I had misread your post, originally) The Marc Eleven is a truly beautiful camellia, I simply love its color. Thanks for mentioning it.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello RTalloni, I admit it would be tough to see the pink buds of camellias turn brown with a surprise freeze! Like you though, I think it would be worth it for the buds that do make it. You probably like them all the more I imagine! Thanks for the visit to my hub and your comment!

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      oceansunsets,

      The one which I mentioned was in the 2nd to last photo and just above your poll.

      Kevin

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Rebecca, thanks so much! Where I live I see them indoors, where gardeners can grow them. One year I didn't see them and I actually missed them because I had grown accustomed to seeing them blooming during usually colder months when flowers are scarce. So they are a joy for sure. Thanks for your visit and comment, and so glad you like the camellias also!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      CMHypno, thanks for your visit and comment to my camellia hub, I appreciate it! Have a great day.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Examiner, there are many varieties of camellias, so its hard to tell which one you are remembering, though the one you mention is very beautiful. Thank you so much for your visit and comment that was so kind. Glad you liked the pictures!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kerlund, thanks for your comment and votes, and I am glad you enjoyed seeing the camellias. They are beautiful flowers, but where I live the winter does get cool enough that they don't thrive here out of doors.

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      Suzanne Day 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Lots of useful information on camelias here! I didn't know they flowered in the off season, so that would make them an ideal garden flower. Thanks for sharing and voted useful ;)

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      Donna Suthard 

      4 years ago

      Beautiful flowering plant!! Thank you for an interesting hub..

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for the information on this wonderful flowering bush. I thought we would be putting more camellias in when we moved here, but the blooms come too often right before a surprise freeze in this area. It's difficult to see their lovely pink buds turn brown! Sometimes they will bloom again, though, and that makes the ones we have worth keeping.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I too just love the camellias. Here, they are early bloomers, blooming as early as February most years. Your photos are breathtaking!

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      CMHypno 

      4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Beautiful camellias Oceansnsunsets and thanks for all the great information and growing tips

    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      They were beautiful! I cannot remember whether I had this in my previous bird garden/yard. If I did then it would have been the 'Marc Eleven' - unless they have another one for a vine - but it may have been a different flower. You did a good job, plus you take good photos.

      Kevin

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      kerlund74 

      4 years ago from Sweden

      What a wonderful flower! I have heard of it but never seen it before. After reading I realize our climate with cold winters are not good for them, so that might be why i haven't seen them. Great hub, i enjoyed these wonderful flowers! Voted up and more!

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