camellia japonica sasanqua

important note: we are having supply issues with camellias and our selection is temporarily reduced. please use this page as a reference on varieties and ask us for details for availability.

Most agree that camellias produce some of the most showy and stunning flowers you can grow. There are two main groups to be aware of:  spring-blooming varieties and fall-blooming varieties.  Spring bloomers often have larger flowers and a more full form with multiple layers of petals. Fall bloomers tend to have a more open habit with one or two rows of petals.  Most camellias prefer morning sun and afternoon shade or bright dappled light, but fall-bloomers can often tolerate more sun. They are also less susceptible to freeze damage on the blossoms. Most spring bloomers flower between February and March and their flowers are occasionally damaged by late winter frosts and freezes. 
We offer a great selection of locally-grown 3 gallon Camellias year-round. Please call for details or if you are looking for a specific variety.
Larger, 7 gallon and 15 gallon plants may be available by special request (if they are available from our growers)

You can contact our Assistant Nursery Manager, Christina, with any Camellia questions. Call (919) 847-0117 or email
Hover over the images below to see each flower's name. (These may not render on phone screens.) Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.  All of the images shown were taken here at Homewood Nursery and at the JCRA Camellia Show!

Fall-Blooming Camellias

Camellia sasanqua

Sasanqua Camellias begin to bloom as early as late September and can continue into December. They tend to have single-form blooms with bright yellow centers and provide a great source of food for late season pollinators. There are also double-form types with more petals and fuller, rose-like blooms. The blooms are typically white or a shade of pink.

Most sasanqua Camellias grow 10' to 12' tall or more and can make a pretty, flowering screen or hedge. Other cultivars are dwarf, only growing 4' to 5' tall, and make nice foundation plants.

All sasanquas prefer afternoon shade or bright filtered sunlight, though a few cultivars can adapt to full sun.

Spring-Blooming Camellias

Camellia japonica

Japanese Camellias begin to bloom as early as late January and can continue into April. They tend to have double blooms in one of several distinct flower forms: formal double, peony form, anemone form, rose form, or semi-double.  They come in white or shades of red and pink, and can even be striped or spotted. 

Most Japanese Camellias grow 8' to 10' tall and are used as specimen plants.

All Japanese Camellias prefer afternoon shade or bright filtered sunlight, though they can adapt to more sun if you don't mind the leaves bronzing somewhat.