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Camellia japonica originates principally from Japan and Taiwan and forms the parentage of more than 90% of the camellias grown in gardens worldwide.

We have classified the varieties we sell as being either 'Hardy' or 'Very Hardy' as follows:

  • 'Hardy' varieties can be successfully grown throughout the southern half of the UK and in those areas further north that have a milder climate, or where shelter can be provided
  • 'Very Hardy' varieties should grow and flower in all but the harshest, most exposed areas of the British Isles

Camellia japonica generally flowers in springtime, mostly between February and April, but some early varieties may start flowering in winter, while late varieties may carry on into May.

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Camellia japonica Ada Pieper camellia japonica Adelina Patti camellia japonica Adolphe Audusson
Large, coral pink, paeony flowers in February to April. Slow growing with a horizontal, rather than vertical, habit forming a compact, rounded bush.
Bright rosy-pink single flowers, broadly banded white on the margin, with golden yellow anthers. Erect growth with pendulous branches, forming a slightly spreading bush. Flowers March to April.
Large, bright red semi-double flowers March to April. Very reliable, with good glossy leaves. Open, upright growth.
Camellia japonica Akashi-Gata camellia japonica Alba Plena camellia japonica Alba Simplex
Large, deep-pink, semi-double flowers from February to April. Vigorous, bushy growth.
White, formal double flowers that open flat, showing no stamens. Slow growing, with a dense, upright habit. Flowers March to April.
An ever popular historic camellia with simple, medium sized, single white flowers and golden stamens. Leaves are dark, glossy green and it grows to an upright, open bush. Flowers February to March.
camellia japonica Annie Wylam camellia japonica Ave Maria Camellia japonica Berenice Boddy
Mid-pink, paeony or rose-form flowers, shading to white in the centre with many slender petaloids. Average, open, upright growth. Flowers February to April.
Subtle light-pink, formal double flowers. Slow, compact, upright growth forming a neat, rounded bush. Flowers February to March.
Light pink, semi-double flowers with delicate white filaments. Vigorous, erect and spreading. Very hardy. Flowers January to March.
camellia japonica Betty Foy Sanders camellia japonica Black Magic Camellia japonica Blaze of Glory
Unusual, flared, trumpet-shaped, semi-double flowers. The petals are white with heavy streaks and splashes of rose-red. Upright, bushy growth. Flowers January to March.
Very dark, glossy, red semi-double flowers with a few, slightly hidden yellow stamens. Unusual, highly serrated foliage on fast-growing, bushy plant. Flowers January to April.
Large, brilliant red anemone/paeony form flowers from January to March. Upright, medium and fairly open growth, eventually forming a big, mounded bush.
camellia japonica Bob Hope camellia japonica Bob's Tinsie camellia japonica Bokuhan
Rich red, semi-double or paeony form flowers with gold stamens. Medium, upright and dense growth with dark green leaves. Flowers February to April. Brilliant red, miniature to small, anemone-form flowers with a dense centre of narrow, shiny red petaloids. Medium, compact upright growth. Flowers February/March. Miniature anemone form flowers, 5-6cm across with red outer guard petals and a compact white petaloid centre. Vigorous, upright, slender growth with long oval leaves. Flowers January to March.
Camellia japonica Brushfield's Yellow Camellia japonica Candy Apple camellia japonica Carter's Sunburst
Medium sized, anemone form flowers, with white petals surrounding a centre of tightly ruffled, pale primrose-yellow petaloids. Moderately vigorous, with a compact, rather columnar growth habit. Flowers March to April.
Very striking dark-red, semi-double or loose paeony-form flowers with golden stamens. Bushy, upright habit. Flowers over a long period between January and April. Pale pink flowers, striped with a deeper pink. Flowers can be semi-double or paeony-form on the same plant. Upright and compact growth. Flowers March/April.
camellia japonica Charlotte de Rothschild camellia japonica Cheryll Lynn Camellia japonica C.H.Hovey
Pure white, six-petalled single flower with a column of white stamens and pale gold anthers. Buds freely. Slow growing, upright and fairly compact. Flowers February to March.
Light pink formal double flowers with large petals. Flower is about 10cm across and shatters when over. Vigorous, upright and open growth, eventually forming a large dense bush. Flowers March to April.
Dark crimson, formal double flowers and dark green, glossy leaves. Compact upright growth. Flowers March/April.
camellia japonica Commander Mulroy camellia japonica Dahlohnega Debutante Camellia
Pink buds open to pale-pink, formal double flowers that turn pure white as they age. Upright dense growth with dark green leaves. Flowers February to March.
Also known as 'Golden Anniversary'.
Medium-sized, formal double flowers that can range in colour from creamy white to pale yellow. Upright, compact, slower growth habit with glossy, dark green leaves. Flowers April to May.
Spherical, soft-pink, paeony-form flowers, 8-10cm diameter. Vigorous, upright, compact growth. Flowers February to March.
camellia japonica Desire camellia japonica Donnan's Dream camellia japonica Dr. Burnside
White shaded to pale pink, formal double flowers, edged deeper pink. Strong, upright, slightly open growth. Flowers February to March.
White washed and shaded orchid-pink, formal double flowers. Medium, compact, upright growth. Flowers April to May.
Dark red, medium to large, semi-double to paeony flowers with yellow stamens. Medium, upright growth. Flowers February to April.
camellia japonica Elegans camellia japonica Elegans Champagne camellia japonica Elizabeth Cooper
Large, rose-pink, anemone form flowers, with a few white petaloids in the centre. Low, spreading habit. Flowers March to April.
Large, anemone-form flowers with broad, white outer petals surrounding a cream-coloured centre. Low, spreading growth. Flowers March to April.
Medium size, pure white formal double flowers. Upright growth, but with a tendency to spread as the plant ages. Flowers March to May.