Camellia transnokoensis

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen tree
Theaceae (The Tea Family)
Geographic Origin:
China and Taiwan
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 10 feet+
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This small leaved camellia from Taiwan is densely leafy with an upright habit. New growth is reddish. Spring flowers are held along the stems; individual flowers are single and pure white, but there is a red spot on the back of each petal that adds to the colorful effect of the spring show. 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.