Camellia

Camellias are one of the most-loved garden shrubs in Portland. They are festooned with flowers for months and if planned correctly, one could have Camellias blooming in one's garden for six months of the year!

In summer, when finished with the work of blooming, their evergreen leaves and strong stature make a great screen or hedge. Year-round, Camellias are good habitat plants for wildlife as well. Hummingbirds feed on winter flowers and thick foliage provides cover for critters.

The Camellias that are most commonly found in nurseries can be divided into three groups: Winter-blooming - C. sasanqua, spring-blooming - C. japonica and Camellias for tea - C. sinensis.

We carry around fifty varieties of Camellia but these are some Portland Nursery favorites:

camellia 'winter 's snowman'

Camellia 'Winter's Snowman'

A winter-flowering hybrid with anemone form flowers November to February accompanied by red new foliage that turns green with age. 'Winter's Snowman' is more cold tolerant than most Camellias.

Grows 10-12’ x 5-6', part shade, Z6

camellia 'Pink Icicle'

Camellia 'Pink Icicle'

Pretty pink peony-form flowers from December to February. 'Pink Icicle' is more cold tolerant than most Camellias.

Grows to 8-10’ x 6’. Zone 6

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Camellia japonica 'Magnoliaeflora'

Exquisite flower structure and pretty ballet pink collaborate to form 'Magnoliaeflora'. Technically this is a semi-double flower form, but the large waxy pointed petals add definition that keeps flowers from looking too frilly. Glossy evergreen leaves and upright shape.

Grows 8-10' x 6-8'. Zone 8

Camellia japonica 'Tom Knudsen'

Camellia japonica 'Tom Knudsen'

Bodacious red buds open to formal double flowers of darkest red. Blooms in March-April. Large glossy leaves cloak a sturdy upright form.

Grows 8-10' x 6-8', sun-part shade - protect from hottest afternoon sun. Zone 8.

camellia 'setsugekka'

Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka'

Sweet-smelling white single form flowers with yellow stamens and ruffled edges blooms November to January. Graceful upright habit.

Grows 8-10’ tall, 6-8’ wide. Zone 7

camellia 'Shiahigashira

Camellia sasanqua 'Shishigashira'

Darkest pink semi-double flowers with light sweet scent occur in December-February. 'Shishigashira's' shape is different from other Camellias - it's fountainous, low and wide.

Grows 4-5' tall x 6-8' wide, sun-part shade - protect from hot afternoon sun. Zone 7.

camellia 'yuletide'

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Our most popular Camellia, and justly so.  Chinese lacquer red single flowers with yellow stamens and a sweet scent bloom before, during and after Christmas. Sturdy upright habit.

Grows 8-10' x 6-8', Z7

Camellia sinensis 'Sochi'

Camellia sinensis 'Sochi'

Tea Camellia leaves are used to make green and black teas. Nodding white or pink flowers appear in October and have a light sweet scent. Leaves are soft and flexible.

Grows 6-8' x 6-8', protect from hot summer sun and cold winter wind, Zone 7.

Find the Perfect Shrubs for your garden

Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.

Abelia

Abelia

Natives

Arbutus: Pacific Madrone

Natives

Cornus sericea

Red Twig Dogwood
Natives

Corylus cornuta

Beaked Hazelnut
decid-rhod

Deciduous Azalea

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Banana

Banana

Buddleia

Buddleia: Butterfly Bush

Callicarpa

Callicarpa: Beautyberry

Camellia

Camellia

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

Natives

Native Ceanothus: Wild Lilac

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

Flowering Quince
Chimonanthus

Chimonanthus: Wintersweet

Clethra

Clethra: Summersweet

Perennials

Coprosma: Mirror Plant

Cornus

Cornus: Red Twig Dogwood

Corylopsis

Corylopsis: Winter Hazel

Corylus

Corylus: Filberts & Hazels

Cotinus

Cotinus: Smoke Tree

Daphne

Daphne

Edgeworthia

Edgeworthia

Chinese Paper Bush
Elaeagnus

Elaeagnus

Silverberry & Goumi Berry
Gardenia

Hardy Gardenia

Natives

Gaultheria shallon: Salal

Hamamelis

Hamamelis: Witch Hazel

Heathers

Heathers & Heaths

Hebe

Hebe

Hedges

Hedges

Natives

Holodiscus: Oceanspray

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Itea

Itea: Sweetspire

Lagerstroemia

Lagerstroemia: Crape Myrtle

Lonicera

Lonicera: Honeysuckle

Natives

Mahonia: Oregon Grape

Nandina

Nandina: Heavenly Bamboo

Natives

Osmaronia: Indian Plum

Palms

Hardy Palm

Natives

Philadelphus: Mock Orange

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Physocarpus

Physocarpus: Ninebark

Natives

Native Physocarpus

Western Ninebark
Punica

Punica: Pomegranate

Natives

Rhamnus: Cascara

Ribes

Ribes: Currant

Natives

Native Ribes: Wild Currant

Natives

Rosa: Wild Rose

Natives

Rubus: Salmonberry

Willow

Salix: Willow

Sambucus

Sambucus: Elderberry

Natives

Native Sambucus: Elderberry

Sarcococca

Sarcococca: Sweet Box

Natives

Symphoricarpos: Snowberry

Lilac

Syringa: Lilac

Vaccinium

Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Natives

Native Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Viburnum

Viburnum: Arrowwood

Natives

Native Viburnum trilobum

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