Camellia forrestii

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Theaceae (The Tea Family)
Geographic Origin:
Japan and East Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 6 feet+
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Winter and spring
Flower Color:
Light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
Camellia forrestii is a dense mounding shrub, with small shiny leaves and bronze new growth. Petite fragrant cream flowers are held along the branches in late winter and early spring. Camellias thrive in sun or shade along the coast but need some shading during summer heat inland. Though they tolerate many soils, they grow best and show the beautiful deep greens for which their leaves are noted in well drained, acid soils, with moderate to regular watering.