Common Name: Camellia. Genus: Camellia. Family: Theaceae.

Camellias is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. Dwarf camellias top out at 2 feet in height, but many camellias grow to a mature height between 6 and 12 feet. Their leaves are alternately arranged, simple, thick, serrated, and usually glossy. The flowers are usually large and conspicuous, one to 12 cm in diameter, with five to nine petals in naturally occurring species of camellias. Flowers may be white, pink, red, yellow. Planting a mix of camellia varieties can provide the gardener with a succession of blossoms from September through May.