In the southern regions of the USA, we don't have problems growing most camellias. The preferred climate zones of 8 and 9 are generally acceptable for growing camellias outdoors. But in some regions, such as in zone 6 and 7, it is usually too cold for some of our more traditional Camellias. There are some camellias that are considered Cold Tolerant that can be used for these colder zones. We do not use the word "Hardy" because that implies that there is no margin of error. With Camellias, as with all other plants, there are exceptions to rules. Where a variety of Camellia may be considered tolerant, that is to assume that is is tolerant under NORMAL conditions. There are many factors that can play in the ability of a cold-tolerant camellia surviving a harsh winter of zones 7a, 6a and 6b. Before purchasing camellias for cold climates, you need to understand what you can and can not do!
Camellias are the most diverse group of Evergreen Ornamental Shrubs. They typically bloom Fall-Spring with a multitude of colors, patterns, sizes & bloom types. Growth habits and foliage characteristics are also just as diverse as the blooms! And Camellias don't have thorns!
Did you know the tea we all love to drink comes from a Camellia? Not just any Camellia ~ only Camellia sinensis is used for producing the wonderful beverage. We have developed a line of Camellia sinensis Tea plants that are exceptional in the garden as well as in your cup!
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Spring is not far away and your camellias should still be blooming their heads off! When we move into mid to end of March, the camellias will begin tapering off but there's still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the blooms!