Native to eastern and southern Asia. There are over 3,000 named kinds, and the range in color, size, and form is remarkable. The genus includes the plant from which we get tea, but most garden plants are robust shrubs that flower in winter or spring.
Includes a number of varieties formerly listed as sasanquas but differing in their later, longer bloom and heavier-textured flowers.'Chansonette'
Vigorous, spreading growth to 3–6 ft. high, 8–10 ft. wide. Large, bright pink, formal double flowers.'Shishi-Gashira'
One of the most useful and ornamental shrubs. Low growing (3 ft. high and 6 ft. wide),with arching branches that in time pile up tier on tier to make a compact, dark green, glossy-leafed plant. Leaves rather small for camellia, giving medium-fine foliage texture. Flowers rose red, semidouble to double, 2–2 1/2 in.wide, heavily borne over a long season—fall through winter in a good year. Full sun or shade.'Showa-No-Sakae'
Fairly fast, open growth to 3 ft. high, 6–8 ft. wide, with arching branches that make it good as espalier or in hanging basket. Semidouble to double flowers of soft pink.
Large semidouble flowers of rose pink shading to rose red at petal edges. Erect growth habit.
In the West, the tea plant grows as a dense round shrub to 15 ft. tall and wide, with leathery, dull d...
Midseason. Large, clear pink semidouble to peonyform flowers. Erect and slow growing plant.