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Camellia Species
Most of the species we offer have some horticultural merit such as striking foliage or impressive floral displays. Since the majority of these species are native to Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam) and have not been in United States gardens for too long, we can only make educated guesses regarding some of the attributes (including hardiness). Most of these plants (except cultivars) are grown from open pollinated seeds to encourage genetic diversity. Although hybrids are possible, they are rare.
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Camellia chekiangoleosa Camellia chekiangoleosa

This Chinese species is closely related to C. japonica, but has larger flowers and can have a distinctly orange-red hue in the flowers. The flowers are single with a large boss of yellow anthers and bloom from late winter into early spring. Reports from this country indicate this is quite cold hardy, possibly even into zone 6. This is a showy species which deserves to be used widely in the landscape and hybridized with various species to push the limits of Camellias. Often, large apple-sized fruits are produced and the seeds can be pressed to make a high quality oil for cooking. Hardy to USDA Zone 7A

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Camellia chekiangoleosa Camellia chekiangoleosa

This Chinese species is closely related to C. japonica, but it has larger flowers and can have a distinct orange-red hue in the flowers.The flowers are single with a large boss of yellow anthers and bloom from late winter into early spring. Reports from this country indicate this is species is quite cold-hardy, possibly into Zone 6. This is a showy species, which deserves to be used widely in the landscape and hybridized to push the limits of camellias. Often large apple-sized fruits are produced and the seeds can be pressed to make high-quality oil for cooking. (Zone 7a)

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia chekiangoleosa Camellia chekiangoleosa

This Chinese species is closely related to C. japonica, but it has larger flowers and can have a distinct orange-red hue in the flowers.The flowers are single with a large boss of yellow anthers and bloom from late winter into early spring. Reports from this country indicate this is species is quite cold-hardy, possibly into Zone 6. This is a showy species, which deserves to be used widely in the landscape and hybridized to push the limits of camellias. Often large apple-sized fruits are produced and the seeds can be pressed to make high-quality oil for cooking. (Zone 7a) [2 quart pot]

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia chekiavngoleosa Camellia chekiavngoleosa

This Chinese species is closely related to C. japonica, but has larger flowers and can have a distinctly orange-red hue in the flowers. The flowers are single with a large boss of yellow anthers and bloom from late winter into early spring. Reports from this country indicate this is quite cold hardy, possibly even into zone 6. This is a showy species which deserves to be used widely in the landscape and hybridized with various species to push the limits of Camellia.s. Often, large apple-sized fruits are produced and the seeds can be pressed to make a high quality oil for cooking. Zone 7A

Our Price: $30.00
Camellia cuspidata Camellia cuspidata

(zone 7A)- This very fine textured shrub produces small (2" across) white flowers in the late winter or early spring. The narrow leaves have a nice red flush as they emerge and are displayed on willowy growth. The plant becomes a small tree with time and has very good cold hardiness. These seedlings come from plants originating in the Huang Shan (Yellow mountains) in Anhwei province near the northern limits of Camellias in China.

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Camellia cuspidata Camellia cuspidata

(zone 7A)- This very fine textured shrub produces small (2" across) white flowers in the late winter or early spring. The narrow leaves have a nice red flush as they emerge and are displayed on willowy growth. The plant becomes a small tree with time and has very good cold hardiness. These seedlings come from plants originating in the Huang Shan (Yellow mountains) in Anhwei province near the northern limits of Camellias in China.

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Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu' = 'Dongnan Shancha' Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu'

2 year old plant = 1 gallon pot.
‘Hei Mu-dan'='Jinqu’=‘Dongnan Shancha’. This one keeps on our nomenclature toes - but it's too beautiful to resist, regardless of the name! This Chinese cultivar has an exceptional bloom as well as beautiful foliage. The formal double rose-red flowers are produced in late spring (the end of March through April) and are quite heat tolerant. The dark glossy leaves have deeply indented veins and make the plant handsome all year long. The form of the plant is also excellent with compact and upright growth. I have found this to perform better with some shade.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7B
Flower Form, Size: Formal Double, Medium
Habit: Upright, Compact
Bloom Time (NC): March - April
10 year size:
Parentage:


Our Price: $30.00
Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu'  = 'Dongnan Shancha' Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu'

1 year old plant = 2 qt pot.
Hei Mu-dan' = ‘Jinqu’=‘Dongnan Shancha’. This one keeps on our nomenclature toes - but it's too beautiful to resist, regardless of the name! This Chinese cultivar has an exceptional bloom as well as beautiful foliage. The formal double rose-red flowers are produced in late spring (the end of March through April) and are quite heat tolerant. The dark glossy leaves have deeply indented veins and make the plant handsome all year long. The form of the plant is also excellent with compact and upright growth. I have found this to perform better with some shade.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7B
Flower Form, Size: Formal Double, Medium
Habit: Upright, Compact
Bloom Time (NC): March - April
10 year size:
Parentage:


Our Price: $20.00
Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu' ' = 'Dongnan Shancha' Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu'

3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot.
'Hei Mu-dan' = ‘Jinqu’=‘Dongnan Shancha’. This one keeps on our nomenclature toes - but it's too beautiful to resist, regardless of the name! This Chinese cultivar has an exceptional bloom as well as beautiful foliage. The formal double rose-red flowers are produced in late spring (the end of March through April) and are quite heat tolerant. The dark glossy leaves have deeply indented veins and make the plant handsome all year long. The form of the plant is also excellent with compact and upright growth. I have found this to perform better with some shade.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7B
Flower Form, Size: Formal Double, Medium
Habit: Upright, Compact
Bloom Time (NC): March - April
10 year size:
Parentage:


Our Price: $65.00
Camellia furfuracea Camellia furfuracea

(Zone 8)- 1 gallon pot. While this species has striking foliage the greenish cream flowers have a minimal ornamental display. The leaves can be up to 7 inches long with indented veins and a rather stiff texture. This one can become a small tree up to 30 feet tall. The fruits are unusual with a flaky furfuraceous surface which means it has a rough brownish scaly appearance. The species is widespread in SE China, Vietnam and Laos.

Our Price: $30.00
Camellia japonica 'Solomon's Best Dwarf' Camellia japonica 'Solomon's Best Dwarf'

This slow-growing, dense plant comes from what is assumed to be a seedling found in Judge Solomon's garden in Savannah, GA. Pink, formal double flowers bloom mid-season.

Growth rate: Slow

Our Price: $65.00
Camellia oleifera Camellia oleifera

2 year old seedling = 1 gallon pot. This very sturdy and vigorous evergreen shrub produces a show of single, white flowers in the early to middle autumn. This strain comes from high in the Lu Shan mountains in east-central China and has thick dull green foliage that is superior to some other strains of this species currently available. This species has broad application in the landscape because it is one of our hardiest and easiest to cultivate broad-leaved evergreens. The seeds of this plant are used in China to make a high quality vegetable oil and may be a future crop here in the SE United States. These seedlings will eventually grow to 25 feet tall and almost as wide in full or partial sun. Hardy to USDA Zone 6B

Our Price: $30.00
Camellia oleifera Camellia oleifera

3 year old seedling = 3gal pot. This very sturdy and vigorous evergreen shrub produces a show of single, white flowers in the early to middle autumn. This strain comes from high in the Lu Shan mountains in east-central China and has thick dull green foliage that is superior to some other strains of this species currently available. This species has broad application in the landscape because it is one of our hardiest and easiest to cultivate broad-leaved evergreens. The seeds of this plant are used in China to make a high quality vegetable oil and may be a future crop here in the SE United States. These seedlings will eventually grow to 25 feet tall and almost as wide in full or partial sun. Hardy to USDA Zone 6B

Our Price: $65.00
Camellia oleifera Camellia oleifera Lushan Strain

1 year old seedling = 1 quart pot. This very sturdy and vigorous evergreen shrub produces a show of single, white flowers in the early to middle autumn. This strain comes from high in the Lu Shan mountains in east-central China and has thick dull green foliage that is superior to some other strains of this species currently available. This species has broad application in the landscape because it is one of our hardiest and easiest to cultivate broad-leaved evergreens. The seeds of this plant are used in China to make a high quality vegetable oil and may be a future crop here in the SE United States. These seedlings will eventually grow to 25 feet tall and almost as wide in full or partial sun. Hardy to USDA Zone 6B

Our Price: $30.00
Camellia oleifera Camellia oleifera Lushan Strain

This very sturdy and vigorous evergreen shrub produces a show of single, white flowers in the early to middle autumn. This strain comes from high in the Lu Shan mountains in east-central China and has thick dull green foliage that is superior to some other strains of this species currently available. This species has broad application in the landscape because it is one of our hardiest and easiest to cultivate broad-leaved evergreens. The seeds of this plant are used in China to make a high quality vegetable oil and may be a future crop here in the SE United States. These seedlings will eventually grow to 25 feet tall and almost as wide in full or partial sun. Hardy to USDA Zone 6B

Our Price: $65.00
Camellia parvilimba Camellia parvilimba


1 year old seedling= 4 inch pot

We first saw this very fine-textured species being used as understock in Chengdu Nursery in Sichuan, China after it had been collected from wild stands in local hills. It is a shrub that grows to about 1 meter tall and has perhaps the smallest leaves in the genus. The tiny flowers are white, or flushed with red and produced in great abundance in the winter season. It has survived two winters in central North Carolina without cold injury.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 7
Flower Form, Size: Single, Miniature
Habit: Compact
Bloom Time (NC): January-February
10 year size:
Parentage:

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia parvilimba Camellia parvilimba

We first saw this very fine-textured species being used as understock in Chengdu Nursery in Sichuan, China after it had been collected from wild stands in local hills. It is a shrub that grows to about 1 meter tall and has perhaps the smallest leaves in the genus. The tiny flowers are white, or flushed with red and produced in great abundance in the winter season. It has survived two winters in central North Carolina without cold injury.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 8A?
Flower Form, Size: Single, Miniature
Habit: Compact
Bloom Time (NC): January-February
10 year size:
Parentage:

Our Price: $30.00
Camellia parvilimba Camellia parvilimba

We first saw this very fine-textured species being used as understock in Chengdu Nursery in Sichuan, China after it had been collected from wild stands in local hills. It is a shrub that grows to about 1 meter tall and has perhaps the smallest leaves in the genus. The tiny flowers are white, or flushed with red and produced in great abundance in the winter season. It has survived two winters in central North Carolina without cold injury.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 8A?
Flower Form, Size: Single, Miniature
Habit: Compact
Bloom Time (NC): January-February
10 year size:
Parentage:

Our Price: $65.00
Camellia parvilimba Camellia parvilimba

We first saw this very fine-textured species being used as understock in Chengdu Nursery in Sichuan, China after it had been collected from wild stands in local hills. It is a shrub that grows to about 1 meter tall and has perhaps the smallest leaves in the genus. The tiny flowers are white, or flushed with red and produced in great abundance in the winter season. It has survived two winters in central North Carolina without cold injury.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 8A?
Flower Form, Size: Single, Miniature
Habit: Compact
Bloom Time (NC): January-February
10 year size:
Parentage:

Our Price: $20.00
Camellia rhytidocarpa Camellia rhytidocarpa

1 year old seedling.

The most striking part of this plant are the wrinkled and warty seed capsules which look like Litchi fruits. The pure white flowers open in the fall and are about 2 inches across. The narrow leaves have indented veins and can be up to 6 inches long. This species is found in Guangxi, Guizhou and Hunan provinces. Small seedlings.

Zone 8

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Camellia roseaflora Var. Camellia roseaflora Var.

3 year old plant = 3 gallon pot. This widely cultivated species may be a hybrid developed in cultivation and it does have landscape value for its fine texture and distinctive blooms. The flowers are medium pink and about 1.5 inches across. The branches are thin and tend to be somewhat weeping, making a delicate form in the garden. The heavy blooming trait has resulted in many cluster-flowered hybrids. These are rooted cuttings. This is variegated from virus. USDA Zone 7B

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Camellia transnokoensis Camellia transnokoensis

3 year old plant. I did not expect this plant to be cold hardy but several plants have done well over the last few years. These plants have also bloomed well in March. The 1.5 inch flowers are white with distinct red spots on the outermost petals and are produced in profusion. The leaves are about an inch long and make a nice fine textured shrub. This is found in Taiwan and is very similar to C. lutchuensis. Zone 7B

Our Price: $65.00
Camellia transnokoensis Camellia transnokoensis

2 year old plant. I did not expect this plant to be cold hardy but several plants have done well over the last few years. These plants have also bloomed well in March. The 1.5 inch flowers are white with distinct red spots on the outermost petals and are produced in profusion. The leaves are about an inch long and make a nice fine textured shrub. This is found in Taiwan and is very similar to C. lutchuensis. Zone 7B

Our Price: $30.00
Camellia transnokoensis Camellia transnokoensis

1 year old seedling. I did not expect this plant to be cold hardy but several plants have done well over the last few years. These plants have also bloomed well in March. The 1.5 inch flowers are white with distinct red spots on the outermost petals and are produced in profusion. The leaves are about an inch long and make a nice fine textured shrub. This is found in Taiwan and is very similar to C. lutchuensis. Zone 7B

Our Price: $20.00
   
 
Camellia species are described in great detail in Collected Species of the Genus Camellia, available here.