Camellia japonica L.
Thea japonica (L.) H. Baill - Camellia japonica L. var. hozanensis (Hay.) Yamamoto - Camellia hozanensis (Hay.) Hay.
Camellia japonica (71708 octets)
Evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic, leathery, glabrous, 5-12 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide, acuminate, serrulate, dark glossy green above, paler beneath. Solitary flowers, sessile, about 5-8 cm across in February-March. 5 red petals (sometimes more), rounded to emarginate. Numerous stamens with yellow anthers. Filaments white, outher ones connate at base into a tube for about 1/2 of their half. Hardy if planted on a sheltered position, but needs necessarily an acid soil. Plant illustrated here, with a single flower, could be close to the wild form of the species. Thousands cultivars are available.

Home: Japan, Korea

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Cultivated: France and Germany

Author: Frédéric Tournay

Ethnobotanical aspects of Camellia japonica by Plants for a future database

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