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Beautiful Camellias

Updated on February 26, 2018

Camellias at Easter

Photo Credit: Photo by Nancy Hellams of Camellia Blossoms and Annalee Easter Dolls
Photo Credit: Photo by Nancy Hellams of Camellia Blossoms and Annalee Easter Dolls

Our Camellias In Pendleton SC

We are fortunate to have lots of different colored Camellia Shrubs and we enjoy them very much. I love to cut them and have arrangements throughout our home.

I remember one year they actually bloomed in December which is not the norm. They usually bloom in early spring but this was a particularly warm winter. We were having a big Christmas Party so I cut and cut and had tons of the beautiful blossoms to decorate with. I filled a long planter on our porch with them just by sticking the stems in the existing soil. Everyone was amazed and it was a beautiful site even if I do say so myself!

It is such fun to see so many varieties of Camellias and I just had to share with my readers. Hope you enjoy! Let me know which color is your most favorite. I love them all.

Our Camellias Are Many Different Colors - Do You Like This Painted Looking Camellia? It looks like it has been tie-dyed, doesn't it?


Varieties of Camellias

There are well over 200 species of the Camellia so we don't have one of each of them but we do enjoy many varieties. Some are bright red, some are pastel pink and some have a little of both colors.

Clemson University Extension Service has a good information about Camellias in South Carolina on their website:

I am going to study the CU Extension website and learn the names of our varieties.

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More Camellias In Our Yard - I love the many different shades of reds and pinks

These look like candy stripes and makes me think of Peppermints. Maybe that is the name of this one. I am not sure of any of the correct names but have nicknamed them through the years.

Most of our Camellias are at least 50 years old and were rooted by my mother-in-law. They have grown so large and some are right next to the house which has caused a problem in recent years with contributing to moisture under the house. My husband is on up in years and spends most of his day in his room sitting in a comfy chair. The room has very large windows and the largest Camellia Bushes are right outside his windows. I thought he was going to cry when I mentioned that we may have to cut them down. He was not going to hear of it. We will try to cut them away from the house as much as we can but they will remain here as long as we do and will continue to bring us joy.

An Unusal Looking Camellia Shrub - It looks like a Peppermint or a Candy Cane, doesn't it?


Caring for Camellias

Actually, we do very little to care for our Camellia Shrubs. They must like where they are planted and they must get plenty of water from the rain and the fact that we live on a creek. In reading online about the care of Camellias, I found that soil and water are the two things that make a difference. We sure don't worry about either of those. They also like to be sheltered from full sun and protected from the wind.

We don't prune them but do try to remove the dead branches and leaves. The flowers fall off so the ground is covered with blossoms when that happens.

Our Old Camellias

More Camellias in Our Yard

How Old Are Our Shrubs?

These Camellias are close to 50 years old and have survived some rough weather through the years. I read somewhere that Camellias have been reported to live for centuries so I hope ours will be around a lot longer.

I think the pink ones in the video above are Japonicas or Pink Perfection Camellia. All of ours may be Japonicas in various colors but I don't think so. I know we have some Sasanquas, too.

More Photos Of Our Camellias - Click small photo to see enlarged picture of Camellias

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Please share about your shrubs and flowers

I would love to hear what is blooming in your yard. Do you have any Camellia Shrubs? I feel very fortunate that my husband and his mother planted all these many years ago.

Please share your experience with this beautiful plant in the comment section below.

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      Connie Rasbury 

      6 months ago

      Loved your Camelias! We have one big bush which is blooming now. We always enjoy. In your article you mention Japonicas. We had a Japonica bush at Shaw St... I never realized it was a Camelia...remember the stems as being woody... maybe it was very old.

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      3 years ago

      I have a Camellia, it is my favorite.

      Appreciate all the great info.

      Thanks Nancy!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Beautiful flowers and takes my mind off the snow outside.

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      4 years ago

      Great lens! Camelias are such gorgeous flowers, and I adore my own deep red ones!

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      5 years ago

      Camellias a beautiful! I've always wanted to grow my own camelia sinensis -- grow my own tea!

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful Camellias! They look very attractive.

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      6 years ago

      I love Camellias! We had some when I was a child, and I forgot about them! I better go get some to plant in my yard soon!

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      7 years ago from New York

      A bit too cold here for Camellias, so the closest I can come are flowering quince and tree peonies. My mother-in-law grew them, though, and they were gorgeous.

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      Hi! I didn't realize until now how many lenses you have about Spring... even thought I know a lot of them... but grouping is a great idea.Regards

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Ours are just filled with buds right now. It is always fun watching them open

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      7 years ago

      Like the pansies, they bloomed in the winter, got to love that!

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      We don't have camellia but we have several gorgeous rhododendrons - love your photos

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      7 years ago

      How pretty! Adding this to my mental list of flowers to plant when I have a yard of my own someday - apartment living sure has some drawbacks. Thanks for sharing these beauties with us!

    • ctavias0ffering1 profile image


      7 years ago

      I would love to grow Camelias but I'm sure it's far too cold here. Perhaps there's one I could grow indoors. They are stunning plants.

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful!And that one looks just like a peppermint candy!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful flowers...Blessed!

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      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Your varieties are quite pretty. The camellia shrubs out west are usually solid colors. Lensrolling back to lavender rhododendron and pink camellia. :)

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      8 years ago

      This brought memories of my Mother to me as I read it. The camellia was her favorite flower and she would have loved the ones in your yard! Blessing this in memory of Mom.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Oh, this just makes me miss my own beautiful Camellia that I had to leave behind when we sold our last home. Just beautiful!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 

      8 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! I so miss Camellias in Florida...they are my favorite!!! The lens is wonderful...thanks so much for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      I love camellias! When I was a child, we used to go to Glen Carin Gardens in Rock Hill every year to see the Camellia's blooming! Beautiful lens!!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      You have such beautiful flowers in your yard! I love seeing your photos.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Nice! I have tried three camellias with no luck. I have always loved their blooms

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Gorgeous pictures of your Cameillias. What a lovely flower.

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      8 years ago

      Camellias are so pretty!

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      beautiful flowers!

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Delightful lens and some beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing

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      8 years ago

      Loved seeing all the cameliias beautiful. Thanks for the info.

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      8 years ago

      I had to stop by and take a look. This is a beautiful and colorful lens which is enough to brighten any day, even when the sun is shining.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful plants and beautiful photos!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: Probably not, Joan but the Dogwoods and Azaleas should be at their peak or at least I hope so.

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful!! Will they still be in bloom when we are there in a few weeks?


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