Flowering Harbingers of Spring

1)  Camellia japonica ‘Daikagura’

  • This Camellia can be found along the double parking lot above the Rhododendron Glen.
  • “Great Sacred Dance” (trans.) is a well-known cultivar dating back to 1788.
  • An early-blooming variety producing large, red peony form double flowers.

2)  Camellia japonica ‘Ecstacy’

  • This pink flowering Camellia can be found above the Rhododendron Glen along Arboretum Drive.
  • The genus Camellia was named after a Jesuit priest and botanist named Georg Kamel.

photo of camellias

3)  Camellia japonica ‘William’s White’

  • This Camellia can be found at the top of Rhododendron Glen, near the Hydrangea collection.
  • The specific epithet “japonica” was given to the species by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 because Engelbert Kaempfer was the first to give a description of the plant while in Japan.

4)   Camellia sinensis (Tea)

  • Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea.
  • Two major varieties are grown: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis for Chinese teas, and Camellia sinensis var. assamica for Indian Assam teas. White tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh tea and black tea are all harvested from one or the other, but are processed differently to attain varying levels of oxidation.

5)  Camellia x williamsii ‘Bow Bells’

  • Camellia × williamsii is a cultivar group of hybrid evergreen shrubs that are derived from a crossing of Camellia saluenensis with Camellia japonica. It was originally bred in Cornwall by John Charles Williams.
  • This particular shrub was struck by a falling maple limb in one of our recent wind storms, but with some love and care it should recover.