We offer the Wintergarden™ collection of camellias. There is a camellia suitable for every garden. Antique and heirloom cultivars, and the best of the newest hybrids including a groundcover, and several cultivars with fragrant flowers.
Sizes from 3-gallon to 8 feet plus.
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Okay, so what the heck is a "peony camellia" and how does it diiffer from an "anemone camelia." Many years ago, in an attempt to describe the numerous flower forms within the genus camellia, some genius decided to use other flowers to describe them. This works well only if one knows what a perony or anemone looks like. Oh well, the system stuck and we are stuck with the system.
As a guide to the forms, here is a representative sample of each:
SINGLE SEMIDOUBLE PEONY ANEMONE ROSE FORM FORMAL DOUBLE
Camellia sasanqua (hiemalis) ‘Aglaia’ ~ Strong, spreading habit as wide as tall. Perhaps best used in masses. Coppery new growth in Spring and Summer is interesting. The rather large flowers are fully double (rose-form) and a rich pink darkening to
a nearly crimson center. Blooms over an extended period.
A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Autumn Sentinel’ ~ As the name implies, a narrow, columnar grower to 10’. Small soft pink flowers bloom in clusters along the slender stems. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua 'Daydream'~ Vigorous grower with dense, heavy, foliage. Makes avery good plant for screening. Near white flowers have a soft pink edging and are very fragrant. Early season.
Camellia sasanqua 'Daydream Believer'~ For all practical purposes this is a pure white form of 'Daydream'. Upright, very fast growth makes a quick screen. Simple, single, white, fragrant flowers early in the season. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua hybrid 'Dream Team'~ A seedling of 'Yume' with the same long bloom season-October into late February in our climate. Slower growing when young, but rewards patience with a dense, upright bush covered in unique white and pink flowers. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua hybrid 'Dream Quilt'~ Another 'Yume' hybrid, this one with a low, wide-spreading habit, suitable for uses in masses. Brilliant pink and white flowers have a "pinwheel" form and bloom off and on throughout the Fall and Winter.
A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia x vernalis 'Egao Curly' ~ The flowers are attractive enough but the growth is fascinating! The limbs naturally twist and turn and we have seen some form a complete circle. One of the easiest camellias to grow and lends itself to a container or a conversation piece espalier.
Camellia sasanqua 'Feathered Edge' ~ Compact plant with a rounded growth habit, probably maturing at 4'-5'. White to blush flowers gradually darken toward the edge and have feathered streaks radiating toward the center. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia hybrid 'Gay Baby'~ From New Zealand in 1978 comes a wonderful hybrid (the male parent being 'Tiny Princess'-see below.) Upright, open habit with showy bronze-purple new growth changing to a dark green over summer. Blooms heavily in winter with tiny rich deep orchid pink flowers. Not a C. sasanqua but included here for the similar growth and flower.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Gulf Glory’ A rediscovered heirloom grown by Kosaku Sawada at Overlook Nurseries. Large, wavy, somewhat cupped, semidouble flowers are pure white. Excellent grower, upright and bushy.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green’s Blues’ Growth habit, and bloom time are same as its parent, ‘Shi-shi-gashira’. However, the “buds emerge grape-juice purple, open to a rich purple-blue, and by the second day lose all their red tones, revealing a truly blue camellia.” Bill Finch, Mobile Register. Best color appears in a low Ph soil. 2008 Winner of the International Ralph Peer Award as best new Camellia sasanqua.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana Nana’ ~ A compact growing seedling of ‘Hana Jiman’ with the same profusion of fragrant, brilliant flowers. White, edged broadly in magenta-red. New Spring growth is purple. We expect ‘Hana Nana’ may be kept 4-6’ in it's natural rounded form. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Very vigorous, bushy grower with large double blooms similar to the popular 'Leslie Ann', but with larger flowers. Moonshadow will make a nice specimen or screen.
A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 99-006' PP 20,539 October Magic® Bride~
Rich, dark green foliage and pure white double flowers, coupled with
a dense semi-dwarf conical habit, make this cultivar unique among white-flowered sasanquas. Too often, larger growing sasanquas are forced into situations where they are pruned into bloomless green globs. October Bride can solve that problem, budding so profusely each summer that the growth that follows is minimal.
A Green Nurseries introduction offered through the Southern Living Plant Collection.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 99-012' PP 20,453 October Magic® Dawn~ Compact growth to 5'-7' with dark foliage that sets off the very soft peach-pink flowers. Blooms later in the sasanqua season bridging a gap between sasanquas and japonicas. The dense, conical to pyramidal habit lends itself to speimen or hedge use. A Green Nurseries introduction offered through the Southern Living Plant Collection.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 97-039' PP 20,566 October Magic® Inspiration
~ A seedling of the famous C. sasanqua 'Mine-No-Yuki'. The high-centered, peony-form flowers are interspersed with semidouble flowers. They don't all look like the one pictured, but when they do, are often entered in flower shows. A vigorous, upright grower useful as a specimen or hedge. We find the best flowers appear when the plant is provided afternoon shade. A Green Nurseries introduction offered through the Southern Living Plant Collection.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 94-035' PP20,465 October Magic® Orchid~ Fast becoming a staple for landscape designers, due to the dense, semi-dwarf nature and ability to bloom profusely over a long season each Fall. The buds form so heavily in summer, that little pruning is needed thereafter. Flowers are a high semidouble with varying tones of white and orchid pink. A Green Nurseries introduction offered through the Southern Living Plant Collection..
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 98-009' PP20,506 October Magic® Rose~ Named for it's distinctive growth habit, resembling a "pillar rose", and for the "florabunda"-like clusters of flowers that appear along the stems. Can be kept to a tight, column with pruning. Flowers are coral-red and begin early in the season continuing for an extended period. A Green Nurseries introduction offered through the Southern Living Plant Collection.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 02-003' PPAF October Magic® Ruby~ Our newest offering through the Southern Living Plant Collection and PDSI. A truly red, peony-form Camellia sasanqua. Has the dense, semi-dwarf nature of 'Shi-Shi-Gashira' but a softer appearance in the landscape. Blooms heavily throughout the Fall.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 94-010' PP20,454 October Magic® Snow~ A seedling of the wondeful old sasanqua 'Mine-No-Yuki', October Magic Snow has similar flowers, but there, the comparison ends. Compact, rounded habit to 6' x 6' with red-purple new growth in Spring. Flowers profusely in Fall, the blooms often lightley edged in pink and a pink cast appearing in the center. A Green Nurseries introduction offered through the Southern Living Plant Collection.
Camellia sasanqua 'Reverend Ida’ Best described as identical in all ways to ‘Shi-shi-gashira’ but with much deeper flower color-nearly ruby-red as the evenings cool. We believe this plant to be superior to 'Shi-Shi-Gashira' due to the richness of flower color, but have noted it likes full sun conditions for best blooming habit. From Tom Dodd, Jr.
Camellia sasanqua (hiemalis) ‘Rose Of Autumn’ ~ This seedling of ‘Kanjiro’ surpasses its parent in vigor and flower interest. It is the fastest growing “sasanqua” we have ever grown, quickly forming a tall screen planting. Makes an excellent espalier on expansive walls. The large ruffled flowers are a glowing, almost iridescent rose, deepening in colder weather. Profuse, blooming over a very long season. Has (we begrudingingly admit) become a favorite rootstock for use in grafting due to it's vigorous, disease resistant nature. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sarrel' ~ A true groundcover camellia! Growth is much like Gardenia radicans. Our original 22 year-old plant is 4’ tall and 10’ wide. All one has to do is prune any longer shoots back into the interior of the shrub. Flowers are ruffled double pink softly marbled white and bloom very erly in the Fall. Prefers light shade. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua 'Shi-Shi-Gashira' ~ Still the standard by which all semi-dwarf camellias are judged. Tough as Chuck Norris, for a bit heavier soils and full sun, where other camellias cannot venture. The double rose-pink flowers can be seen throughout Fall and well into Winter.
Camellia sasanqua 'Silver Dollar' ~ Bushy growth resembling 'Shi-Shi-Gashira' but with double white flowers. An excellent shrub that works well below trees with brilliant Fall color. A Nuccios Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua 'Stephanie Golden' ~ Semi-dwarf, bushy, upright grower to 5'-6'. Blooms very heavily over a long season, the flowers fading to a pleasing lavender. One of the best from Tom Dodd, Jr.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 99-031' PPAF ~Susy Dirr Sasanqua ~ Large, bright pink, double flowers adorn this most vigorous shrub each autumn. Rapid, bushy growth to 8'-12'. Named to honor the indomitable spirit shown by the daughter of Bonnie and Mike Dirr. A portion of the proceeds benefits victims of cystic fibrosis through the "Sweet Melissa Fund" at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital.
Camellia fraterna hybrid ‘Tiny Princess’ ~ Graceful, tall and spreading form, eventually reaching 10’ or more. ‘Tiny Princess’ was developed by K. Sawada in 1962 and promptly forgotten in the big and chrome age-except in Australia and New Zealand, where its considered a national garden treasure and parent to some amazing newer hybrids. Small, bell-shaped flowers are soft pink and appear in unbelievable numbers during winter. Quite fragrant, they fall to the ground all “face-up”, a magical sight.
Camellia sasanqua ‘White Sentinel’ ~ Similar habit to Autumn Sentinel but carries single white flowers in early autumn. Narrow, dense, habit useful where spce is a premium. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' ~ Very aptly named, especially now that the Christmas season seems to begin in October matching the bloom season of 'Yuletide'. The show does continue typically into Thanksgiving. Very good "sasanqua" for full sun conditions, but is a shy bloomer in shade. Best performance is in the upper areas of the camellia belt. Bright red single flowers on a compact, upright plant.
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide Spirit'~ Seedling of the popular 'Yuletide'. Vigorous grower with a dense, upright and spreading habit. Unusual flower color-hard to describe-perhaps a very deep coral red. Best flowers when afternoon shade is provided. A Green Nurseries introduction.
Camellia hybrid 'Yume' ~ A cross of Camellia sasanqua 'Shi-Shi-Gashira' and Camellia yushienensis. 'Yume' (Dream) inherited very good traits. For garden purposes this is a "sasanqua" with a very compact, rounded habit. The single flowers begin early season as blush tinged soft pink. As the evenings cool the flowers take on a pinwheel effect with petals alternating pink and blush-white. The display continues all through Fall and off and on through Winter, often to early Spring. For some similar plants see our "Dream" series listed above. More coming soon.
In addition to many old favorites, we would like to introduce you to some “out of the ordinary” Winter-blooming camellias your customers will love.
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Camellia japonica ‘Alba Plena'~ No modern camellia has equaled the popularilty, and none is likely to replace this sentimental favorite. One of the earliest camellias to reach America (1792), 'Alba Plena' produces medium sized formal double white blooms early in the season.
Camellia japonica ‘Asian Artistry ~ Our 2008 introduction, an homage to the simple spendor of the single camellia, so much admired in it's native home. Flowers are white with large splashes and streaks of pink and red. No two flowers are alike and the reverse of the cupped flowers holds as much interest as the face. Slow (not weak) bushy, upright growth will lend itself for a tighter area in the garden. Early to late season.
Camellia japonica ‘Ava Maria’ ~ California 1995 ~ Small formal double to peony-form flowers appear early to mid-season on a rounded shrub with dark green foliage. Compact habit. Similar to Pink Perection but w have found it to be a btter grower in many locations. Early to mid-season.
Camellia japonica ‘Black Magic’ ~ California 1991 ~ Very shiny, heavily-serrated holly-like leaves on a tall upright shrub. To add to the magic, the large, strange-looking flowers are black-red, seemingly dipped in high-gloss polyurethane. Weird and cool. Late season.
Camellia japonica ‘Blood Of China' ~ Mobile, AL 1938 ~ Large, vivid red flowers with darker veining adorn a rounded grower. Some blooms appear midseason but this puts on a big show very late in winter. The original plant dates to 1905, and was given the name 'Blood Of China' by Robert Rubel in the late 1930s.
Camellia japonica 'Black Tie'~ Georgia 1975 ~ The charm of this cultivar lies in the dark red rose-like flowers, small and consistant in form. Nice bushy upright form. Mid to late season.
Camellia japonica ‘Dahlonega’ ~ Georgia 1986 ~ I love this plant! Very slow, but sturdy, upright, compact growth, lends itself to the smaller garden where many camellias can’t be used. Unique parchment yellow, fully-double flowers resemble old botanical prints. Blooms late season, making it a happy camper in zone 7b. The best “yellow” flowered garden camellia to date.
Camellia japonica ‘Daijokhan’ ~ This is an ancient “Palace Camellia” from the castle Nagoya in Japan. Until recently it was forbidden to remove a cutting from the plant. One of the very best white camellias, many of which have a stodgy growth habit. Daijokhan is upright but less formal in shape. Beautiful, large white magnolia-like flowers are informal double-a sight to behold. Its no wonder the lords of the castle kept it to themselves. Mid to late season.
Camellia japonica hybrid ‘Delores Edwards’ ~ A new classic. The sum of the parts is outstanding. Strong, bushy growth holds great quantities of very large loose peony-like flowers. Blend of pink tones. Some of the flowers can reach 7" in diameter and appear ealy to late season.
Camellia japonica ‘Dom Pedro V' (Elisabeth) ~ Portugal 1872~ Known in the deep south as 'Elisabeth' until recently, by either name, this camellia is one of the best for zone 8-9. Vigorous, rounded habit and late season bloomer. Formal double flowers range from white with a rare pink streak to branches containing solid pink flowers.
Camellia japonica ‘Dr Tinsley' ~Louisiana 1949 ~ Imagine combining the foliage of the camellia with the delicacy of a wild rose. Therein lies the popularity of this classic plant. The pink and white flowers are as cold hardy as the shrub itself. Medium growth rate, rounded form. Blooms mid to late season.
Camellia japonica 'Egao Shibori~ (vernalis) A natural hybid of Camellia japonica and C. sasanqua with the best characteristics of each species. Strong upright grower obtaining a height of 8'-12' with lively yellow-splashed foliage. The large flowers are a blend of pink and white blooming in fall and well into winter.
Camellia japonica ‘Edna Campbell Variegated’ ~ Florida 1954 ~ Slow, compact, but healthy grower. New growth is red. Flowers are semidouble and intensely red marbled to various degrees in white. Of all the red camellias this one really stands out. A bonus in summer is the appearance of many ornamental, glossy burgundy, apple- like fruit . Early to late season.
Camellia japonica 'Elisabeth'
(see Dom Pedro V)
Camellia japonica ‘Helen Bower Variegated' ~ Mobile, AL 1959 ~ Originating as a rare graft chimera and achieving wide acclaim, this one is very different. Bushy, widespreading habit, the leaves often lightly variegated and always serrated. Flowers are quite large, and can vary from rose-pink to rose-red lightly marbled with white. One of those show flower winners but on a great garden shrub.
Camellia japonica hybrid ‘High Fragrance’ ~ New Zealand 1986 ~How about a camellia that smells like an antique rose? Large, double pink flowers send out a wonderfully strong scent. Very upright, loose grower, can be trained to a small tree over time. Lavender pink flowers are semidouble to peony in mid to late season-the fragrance permeates a garden in Winter.
Camellia japonica 'Imbricata' ~ China to England in 1824 ~ Much confusion surrounds the name of this shrub but the overall greatness as a garden camellia is undenied. Vigorous, upright, bushy form to 8' x 5' with perfectly formed forml double red flowers late in the season. Cold hardy.
Camellia japonica 'Jessie Burgess Variegated' ~ Savannah, GA 1959 ~
Graceful grower with layered branches and a semi-weeping effect. Perfect setting for the equally graceful flowers with their long petals. Silvery rose with white accents. Early to midseason.
Camellia japonica 'Junior Miss' ~ Mobile, AL 1971 ~ Without a doubt, one of the greatest garden camellias-yet not widely known. Large, glossy dark green leaves on a vigorous, bushy shrub. Very large semidouble flowers are a blend of pinks. Mildly fragrant. Blooms midseason. We cannot think of a better large-flowered pink camellia for the garden.
Camellia japonica 'Katsuya Nomura' ~ Green Nurseries 2012 ~ A seedling of 'Tama-No-Ura' with a somewhat similar flower and an extra row of petals. This camellia has amazing vigor and can quickly grow into a courtyard or patio tree. Very upright when young and filling in nicely with a informal semi-weeping habit. Flowers early to midseason. Named in honor of the great Japanese baseball pitcher.
Camellia japonica ‘La Peppermint' (likely Mrs. Abby Wilder 1846) ~
Among the most popular of all camellias for the dense growth habit and festive flowers. Mid to late season.
Camellia japonica 'Lady Vansittart' ~ Belgium 1887 ~ Most flowers are white striped rose, but with many variations as can be seen in the photo. Tremendous show of flowers in mid-winter. Narrow, upright compact habit with beautiful twisted foliage. Very cold hardy cultivar. 'Edonishiki' is the original Japanese cultivar name.
Camellia japonica ‘Laura Walker’ ~ Marshallville , GA 1956 ~ An excellent large-flowered red camellia with strawberry-red petaloids. Cold hardy and vigorous with pretty, shiny, dense foliage. Bloms mid to late season.
Camellia japonica ‘Laura Wooley' ~ Fairhope, AL 1950s ~ A local introduction that we have continued to grow now for many years. Delicate shell-pink flowers on a study pyramidal shrub.
Camellia japonica 'Margaret Davis Picotee'~ California 1982 ~ Unique flower as pictured. One of those rare show flowers that grows well enough for inclusion in the general landscape. The plant has quite a pedigree as a sport of 'Margaret Davis', itself a sport of 'Aspasia Macarthur', which originated in Australia, in 1848. All care is taken to propagate from branches that exhibit the bloom pictured, however some reversion to pink and red forms is possible.
Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Charles Cobb' ~ Originated at Charleston's famed Magnoilia Gardens in 1942. Wide, bushy, rounded growth with brilliant red flowers veined darker. Dense form and very cold hardy.
Camellia japonica 'Paulette Goddard Variegated' ~ Middleton Gardens, Charleston, SC 1940s~ Just another brilliant red large semidouble camellia until it was discovered to be one of the cold-hardiest of Camellia japonica. The variegated flowers are lightly splashed with white. Slow, sturdy, rounded growth and dependable bloom in zone 6b.
Camellia japonica 'Peter Pan' ~ Norfolk, VA 1947 ~ Hard to describe all that is going on with this flower so let me use the originators (W.J. Robinson and C. J.Hayes) description: "Creamy white at the base, shading though blush pink to cerise pink at edge with definite orchid overtones." Many similar flowers have come along since 1947 but we find none have quite grown to compare to 'Peter Pan'. Compact habit, mid to late season.
Camellia japonica 'Royal Velvet'~ The attraction of 'Royal Velvet' is the brilliant, pure red flowers conatining barely a trace of either pink or blue. Large Semidouble flowers grab your attention from a distance. Open, spreading habit displays the flowers well. Mid to late season.
Camellia japonica 'Rutledge Minnix'~ Not spectacular, just a very consistent great landscape camellia. Salmon red flowers on a bushy, upright shrub. The foliage is glossy, dark green and both the shrub and flowers are very cold resistant.
Camellia japonica 'Queen Bessie' ~ K. Sawada 1934 ~ Excellent cold hardy camellia with a bushy, upright vigorous habit. Flowers are large semidouble white with a hint of blush. Blooms heavily in mid to late season.
Camellia japonica 'Sadaharu Oh' (Tama 07) ~ Green Nurseries 2012 ~ Another 'Tama-No-Ura' seedling similar in habit to 'Sadaharu Oh' (see above.) This one has a delightful cupped flower with more red in the bloom. Named in honor of the Japanese baseball hero often known as the Babe Ruth of Japan.
Camellia japonica ‘Sawada’s Mahogany’ ~ Mobile, AL 1960s ~ Discovered in the personal garden of the late K. Sawada. Compact, rounded growth habit with new leaves strongly flushed coppery-purple. Flowers begin in autumn and bloom throughout the season. Large, peony-shaped blooms are overall maroon-red, but with curious mahogany red tones. Unique.
Camellia japonica ‘Sea Foam' ~ Released with little fanfare in 1962, 'Sea Foam' may well be the very best white camellia for the garden. Perfectly formed flowers open midseason on a very vigorous shrub. Give this one room to grow to 8'-10' or more. For a smaller shrub we would recommend 'Alba Plena' or 'Dahlonega'.
Camellia japonica 'Shirokingyoba-tsubaki' (White Goldfish Camellia) ~Japan 1957~
Camellia japonica “Siegmund Garden” ~ Doubtless an older cultivar we found in a local garden, no one has been able to identify it. Nevertheless it must be grown. Dense habit and dark green leaves. Formal double flowers are a rich rose-pink with darker veining.
Camellia japonica “Stephens Garden” ~
Camellia japonica ‘Tammia' ~Slidell, LA 1972 ~ Cold hardy shrub with dense conical habit. The blooms appear late in the season, but open faithfully. Smaller flowers in great profusion.
Camellia japonica ‘Tancho' ~ Japan 1912 ~ Higo camellias are still prized in Japan and were treasured by the Samurai. They are characterized by simple flat-faced flowers and a large trumpet of flared stamens. This one is among the easiset to grow and exhibits great vigor. Early to midseason.
Camellia japonica ‘Tama No Ura’ ~ Discovered in 1947 by a charcoal burner in a remote area of Japan. He recognized the unique beauty and spared it from the fire. (Forests of camellia are too often denuded for high-quality charcoal.) Loose, spreading habit when young, develops into the most graceful, upright form with pendulous limbs. Flowers unlike any other camellia are small, single, brilliant red, with a wide white margin. Loved by all who see it, even those who pretend to disdain camellias.
Camellia japonica 'Taylor's Perfection' ~
Camellia japonica ‘Tick Tock' ~
Camellia japonica ‘Tricolor Superba' ~ Old cultivar with everything going for it. Dark green, beautiful foliage on a well-rounded bush. Extremely cold-hardy, yet performs well in mild climates. Covers up with large semidouble flowers of white to blush, heavily striped red. Often entire flowers are red. No more festive a camellia than this. Especially good clone from K Sawada.
Camellia japonica ‘Willard Scott'~ Originated in the celebrated Vi Stone Garden in Baton Rouge, LA, during the 1980s. According to the late Mrs. Stone, who we had the pleasure of visiting years ago, it is named not for the famous meteorologist, but for her gardener- as it was his favorite. Most flowers are formal double as pictured, but others have a peony form. Upright, open growth. Blooms early to late season.