Camellia x vernalis
Camellias grow over a wider latitude range along the West Coast than anywhere else. Typically loaded with white, pink, red, or variegated blooms during the cool season, many of these robust shrubs flower heavily when other bloom is scarce. Native to southern and eastern Asia, they are unscented except as noted.
Big C. japonica varieties are the most popular, with fall- and winter-flowering C. sasanqua varieties coming in second. All are classic understory shrubs that thrive in filtered shade. They also grow well in pots.
There are six camellia forms: Anemone, formal double, peony, rose-form double, single, and semidouble.Camellia x vernalis
Certain camellias once classed as sasanquas have been placed here because they bloom later, are often denser in growth, shinier in leaf, and have firmer-textured flowers. They are generally sold as sasanquas.‘Dawn’
Single to semidouble, small white flowers blushed pink. Dense, upright, hardy shrub to 9 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.‘Hiryu’
Deep red, small, rose-form double blooms on a dense, upright plant about 9 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.
May be sold as ‘Chandler’, ‘Francine’, or ‘Chandleri Elegans Pink’...
Vigorous upright shrub with rather pendulous branches. Very large, semidouble flowers are rich pink wi...
Midseason to late. Very large white flowers with formal double to peony form. Vigorous, upright growth...