Camellia oleifera (Lu Shan Strain)
This very sturdy and vigorous evergreen shrub produces a show of single, white flowers in the early to middle autumn. This strain comes from high in the Lu Shan ("Shan" translates to "Mountain") in east-central China and has thick, dull green foliage. This species has broad application in the landscape as a result of it's easy cultivation and cold hardiness. Camellia oleifera seeds are used in China to make a high quality vegetable oil, and may eventually become a common crop here in the southeastern US. These seedlings will eventually grow to 25' tall and almost as wide, in full or partial sun.
» Bloom color, form, size: White, single, variable
» Bloom period (NC): Early to mid fall (Oct to Nov)
» Growth rate, habit: Moderate, upright
» Zones: 6b-9
» Features: Camellia species, cold hardy