Camellia japonica, commonly known as Japanese camellia, has smooth, greyish-brown bark that becomes more textured and furrowed as the plant matures. Camellia japonica is a slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree that can reach a height ranging from 6 to 20 feet (approximately 1.8 to 6 meters), depending on the specific cultivar and growing conditions.

The Appearance

A medium-sized evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and large, showy flowers that range in color from white to pink to red.


The Produce

Instead, they form seed pods or capsules after the flowers have been pollinated.


The Flowers

Produces large, beautiful flowers in late winter to spring, which are often double and highly ornamental.


The Leaves

The lance-shaped to elliptical leaves typically have a deep green colour, providing an attractive backdrop to the plant’s vibrant flowers.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming slightly fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers acidic, well-drained soils and partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including insects and birds. The flowers attract pollinators.


The Culture

Highly valued in ornamental horticulture for its beautiful flowers and glossy foliage. Also used in traditional medicine and for making tea.


Fun Facts

Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia and have been cultivated for thousands of years for their beautiful flowers and medicinal properties.

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