Japanese Camellia - Camellia japonica

A few months back a came across several Japanese Camellia trees (Camellia japonica) in flower. One had white flowers with pinkish-red strips (in a park in Portland Oregon). The other had flowers with a darkish pink color and had more petals (below). This one I found at Stanley Park in Vancouver BC.
Given the fact that there are about 2000 cultivars of the Japanese Camellia it is very likely that both of these are cultivars and vary somewhat from the original tree species. I call it a tree species even though for some this may resemble more of a large shrub than a tree. In its natural habitat this tree can reach heights of up to 30 feet. The one I found in Stanley Park was about 15 feet tall.

The Japanese Camellia a preferred garden favorite for its rose-like flowers.

1 comment:

  1. I love camellia, but with our winters in Poland I can not grow them here :( I tried indoor, but it didn't want to grow - temperature in the winter at home is to warm :(
    This is such a lovely plant...