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Most of the species we offer have some horticultural merit such as striking foliage or impressive floral displays. Many of these species have not been in United States gardens for too long, so we can only guess some of the attributes, such as hardiness. Most of these plants (except cultivars) are grown from open pollinated seeds, so there is genetic diversity and although hybrids are possible, they are rare.
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Camellia cuspidata Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu' = 'Dongnan Shancha' Camellia edithae 'Hei Mu-dan' = 'Jinqu'  = 'Dongnan Shancha'
Camellia cuspidata
Our Price: $20.00
(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. 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
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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:
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Camellia furfuracea Camellia japonica 'Dahlohnega' Camellia japonica 'Solomon's Best Dwarf'
Camellia furfuracea
Our Price: $30.00
(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.
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
Camellia oleifera Camellia oleifera Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Our Price: $30.00
Camellia oleifera
Our Price: $65.00
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 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 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
Camellia parvilimba Camellia parvilimba Camellia transnokoensis
Camellia parvilimba
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Camellia parvilimba
Our Price: $65.00
Camellia transnokoensis
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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
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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:
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
Camellia transnokoensis
Camellia transnokoensis
Our Price: $65.00
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