8 Fun Facts About the Charming Camellia

December 2020
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff

This evergreen features show-stopping flowers in shades from white to bright red, blooming from fall to winter 

- Named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, who worked in the Philippines and described a species of camellia.

- Magnolia Plantation & Gardens in Charleston held the most extensive planting in our country before the Civil War; today, 20,000 camellias are on display there throughout the winter and spring. 

- Two of the most common species in our area are sasanqua and japonica.

- Represents adoration, devotion and loveliness. 

- The “yuletide” cultivar of sasanqua has bright red blooms. 

- Augusta National’s 10th hole is named “Camellia.”

- Originated in eastern and southern Asia. The oldest living camellia was planted in 1347 and can be found in China’s Panlong Monastery.

- Camellia sinensis (or tea plant) is used to make most traditional caffeinated teas, including black, white, oolong and green tea.