All but the first of these six are Camellia japonica. They bloomed late this year, likely as a result of the exceptionally wintry winter. Also, these pictures are more than two weeks old. They likely finished blooming by now. I do not know because I am not there. Rhody, Carson and I are still on vacation in the Pacific Northwest. As these Six on Saturday post at midnight, we will begin our trip home. Pictures of our vacation would be appropriate, but are not processed yet. Besides, I do not take many pictures. Also, although these few pictures are now outdated, I did not want to waste them. These five camellias and single flowering cherry demonstrated commendable diligence by blooming after such a wintry winter.

1. Double white flowering cherry is obviously not a Camellia japonica, but happens to be my favorite of our several flowering cherries here. The tree is in rough condition though.

2. Frilly white camellia with a relatively modest staminate center may be the prettiest of the white camellias here, but does not look so pretty in this shaded picture after the rain.

3. Pinkish watermelon red camellia blooms with variable floral form. Some flowers seem to be of peony form. Some seem to be of anemone form. I have no idea what form this is.

4. Very pallid pink camellia seems to be almost white. Whiter white or pinker pink could be prettier, but its pastel color seems to be very appropriate to its distinctive floral form.

5. Pinkish watermelon red camellia resembles the color of #3 now, but normally blooms deeper red. Perhaps the unusually harsh weather last winter somehow altered the color.

6. Single white camellia with a prominently staminate center looks like a sunny-side-up egg. Camellia blight around the edges proliferated during the exceptionally rainy winter.

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12 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Camellia japonica

    1. I do not expect it to. The bloom is exquisite, but the tree is very disfigured. Two elderly specimens were already removed nearby. Not only are they very old, but the situation that they inhabit is shadier from growing redwoods.


    1. I am impressed by how resilient they are to minor frost. While in school, I believed that the Santa Clara Valley was near the edge of the range in which they would perform, as if they would not tolerate frost farther north or farther inland. Now, I notice them where winter weather gets much cooler. Of course, like yours, their bloom can be ruined by late frost, particularly if they bloom early. After the frost this last winter, I really do not think that I would like frost in other climates, where it is more prolonged and more frequent!

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      1. In the 80’s there was a really hard freeze that killed many of them. They fell out of favor for awhile. But being from the Northeast, I had to have them when I learned about their beautiful flowers that bloom in the winter.

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