Ornamental Garden Camellias

For centuries, The Camellia has adorned our gardens, tables, and even our lapels.  Camellias are known as the 'Queen of Ornamentals' and it's not surprising why.  There are countess varieties of Camellias all with diverse characteristics such as bloom forms, colors, patterns, and flower seasons, growth habits and foliage characteristics.  No other ornamental shrub can even come close to the Camellia.

The Camellia genus is a collection of plants  that contains over 250 known species with hundreds of thousands of varieties within each species.  They are evergreen and typically bloom in the US from September-April.   

Camellias are not native to the US.  They originated in China, Japan and Southeast Asia and are prized for their exquisite charm and grandeur they bring to the garden.  

Most Camellia species are considered ornamental in nature - meaning that there is use is as an ornamental shrub. The exception to this is the species Camellia sinensis, which is commonly used for producing tea.  Ornamental Camellias are not used for tea, only the leaves of Camellias sinensis are used for that.  Read More About Tea

CamelliaShop And Our Camellia History

We have grown Camellias for over 60 years in our family owned business.  We are so fortunate to live in a city full of Camellias and in a climate where they thrive.  They have been the driving force of our business and also our passion and we hope that they will be yours too!  

Camellia Blog

Growing Camellias In Containers

Growing Camellias In Containers

Many times growing Camellias in the ground is not possible.  You may live in an excessively cold climate where winter growing is not right.  You may also have limited space in your garden or the soil is not right.  Good News!  Camellia make excellent container plants and can be used almost anywhere!

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Sunburn On Camellias

Sunburn On Camellias

Many of us have had a case of bad sunburn at one time or another in their lives, but did you know the condition can also affect camellias?. Usually this condition occurs during the most extremely hot days of summer when the sun is high in the sky and the sun's rays are most intense.  There are ways to prevent or minimize sunburn. 

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Waxing Camellias

Waxing Camellias

Waxing  is an old art form of dipping flowers into paraffin wax to seal and preserve them.  It’s commonly done with Camellias and it’s a fun thing to do on a cool winter day!  

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Grow Your Own Tea

At CamelliaShop, we grow and sell many different types of Camellias, most are ornamental flowering camellias. 

But there is a species of Camellia that is better known for another important attribute - the ability to make Tea!

Camellia sinensis, also known as the Tea Plant, has been used for thousands of years for tea.  While it is a camellia, and it does flower, it is traditionally used for producting the worlds most popular beverage only after water.  

But don't get all excited and run out and start taking the leaves off the big red camellia in the front yard!  Camellia sinensis is the only species that has all of the important elements for making tea - namely Caffeine.  The other Camellias are just for looks, not for making tea. 

The Tea Blog

My August Oolong Tea

My August Oolong Tea

The end of summer is hot in Georgia but the tea loves it.  This is a batch of Oolong Tea from August that I did and it turned out pretty good!

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Tea Plant FAQS

Tea Plant FAQS

Want to know the basics of Camellia Sinenis Tea Plants?  Here are a few of the most common questions people ask about growing their own tea!

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All Tea Comes From One Plant

All Tea Comes From One Plant

Tea is only made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, not other ornamental camellias.  All tea, whether it's green, black or oolong, comes from this one plant species.

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