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Camellia oleifera in November

Posted by dave_in_nova VA zone 7a (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 18:40

Just an oleifera species camellia. Yet quite hardy and you can see the blooms from a distance, even though up close they're really nothing special.

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RE: Camellia oleifera in November

Dave it"s nice to see the photos. Do you grow these for the flowers or for making tea?
James in Florida

RE: Camellia oleifera in November


To my knowledge C. oleifera is not grown for tea. It was (and is) grown in Asia for the oil. Another name is Tea-Oil or Oil-Seed camellia.

For me this is just a very hardy fall-blooming species that eventually forms a nice small tree with cinnamon-colored bark. So I grow it for it's evergreen-ness and to some degree, the flowers. But, I have some hybrids which are more interesting. So I may eventually take this one out.

RE: Camellia oleifera in November

Interesting. I saw one camellia at a local nursery yesterday whose petals were similar to your oleifera (but with a tint of pink on the petal edges); the petals had fallen in some sections of the plant and I thought to myself thst the plant look better with only the yellow anthers (or whatever they are called) still on than with the whole flowers still on.

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