Camellias for North FL
Camellias make excellent landscape plants, flowering at a time of year when few other shrubs are at their peak. With their variety of forms, evergreen leaves, and low maintenance, camellias shine even when they’re not in flower. Camellias generally prefer partial shade, sheltered from the hot afternoon sun. The canopies of older plants shade their own roots so they can tolerate more sun. The two main camellia spe-cies we grow in North Florida are Camellia sasanqua and Camellia japonica. Japonica camellias are generally larger, have larger leaves and flowers, and bloom later in the season (January to March) than the sasanquas. The sasanquas bloom from October to December, and can handle more sun.
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