Extending The Camellia Season

Extending The Camellia Season

If you live in the Tallahassee area you no doubt know camellias are those pretty flowers in the winter time and you’re probably familiar with your 2 or 3 favorite kinds, but did you know there are not just a few types but literally thousands of unique camellia varieties? Each variety or “cultivar” has its own name and is different from all other camellia cultivars. When choosing camellias we gardeners are normally so transfixed by the beauty of the blooms we overlook a very important attribute, blooming season.

Most varieties bloom for 8-10 weeks from start to finish (some even longer) but each variety starts blooming at a different time of year. In the Florida Panhandle our very first camellia flowers tend to show their colors in September and the last ones can make it all the way till April. The weather each year will slide exact start and end times for each variety but the sequence of which ones are earliest and latest is mostly set. By choosing your camellias carefully with a mix of early, middle, and late blooming varieties you can enjoy these classic southern beauties for more than half the year!

Early-Season Camellias

Shi shi Gashira
October Magic Ruby
Early Autumn
October Magic Rose
Moonshadow
Snow on the Mountain
Kanjiro
Yuletide
Susy Dirr

Mid-Season Camellias

Guest Star
High Fragrance
Frank Houser
La Peppermint
Kumagai
Mike Whitman Var
Grape Soda

Late-Season Camellias

Guest Star
High Fragrance
Frank Houser
La Peppermint
Kumagai
Mike Whitman Var
Grape Soda

Exceptionally Long Bloom Seasons

Yume
Dreamweaver
Winter’s Charm
Winter’s Fancy
Anticipation
Professor Sargent 

While this is by no means a complete list of camellias that grow well in our region it represents some of the strongest and most reliable choices for growing in Tallahassee. Make sure to choose camellias from these different blooming times and you’ll be able to enjoy them from fall through spring!

View the Camellia Lookbook to view all the camellias we’ve carried this season

*This article was written by Jonathan Burns (Tallahassee Nurseries Outdoor Manager, FNGLA Florida Certified Horticulture Professional)



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