Camellia x vernalis 'Mieko Tanaka'
This is a true red, fall blooming Camellia, and one of our favorites. Single flowers bloom profusely in both the spring and fall, and through the winter in milder areas. Leaves are quite dark and more rounded than typical for the genus. 'Mieko Tanaka' is a result of Dr. Takayuki Tanaka's investigation into the origins of Camellia x vernalis, during which he discovered old Camellias in Japanese gardens, believing them to be some of the originals. A Camellia Forest introduction, 2008.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 7a
Growth: Average, bushy
Blooms (NC): Oct to Mar
Bloom size: Small, 2.5 to 3 inches
Parentage: C. x vernalis 'Gaisen' x C. japonica