About This Plant

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. Its compact, dense growth habit makes it a popular choice for ornamental use in gardens and landscapes.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves of Camellia japonica are evergreen and glossy, exhibiting a leathery texture. The lance-shaped to elliptical leaves typically have a deep green colour, providing an attractive backdrop to the plant’s vibrant flowers. The edges of the leaves may feature serrations, adding a subtle but elegant detail to their appearance. The foliage is arranged alternately along the stems and can vary in size, with mature leaves reaching lengths of 5 to 10 centimetres.

Produce

Camellia plants do not produce traditional fruits like those of many other plants. Instead, they form seed pods or capsules after the flowers have been pollinated. The seed pods of a camellia are typically round or slightly elongated and have a hard, woody texture. Inside these capsules are small seeds, often dark brown or black, depending on the specific variety of camellia.
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