Camellia japonica 'Governor Mouton'
This eighteenth century introduction survived our coldest winters and huge plants can be found in older gardens. Peony form flowers are an oriental red with white splotches. The bloom season is early and the plant is vigorous with a slightly spreading growth habit. 'Aunt Jetty' is the solid sport.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 6b
Growth rate: Vigorous, spreading
Blooms (NC): February
Bloom size: Medium, 3 to 4 inches