Camellias are usually the solitary queens of winter in the South. Due to the unusually warm winter we have experienced this year, the spring bloomers are budding out early and vying for attention at the same time these grand flowers.
Camellias are large, evergreen shrubs that are very hardy once established. Unfortunately, I have not had much luck with young camellias, having tried four or five different varieties in different spots in the garden without success! The camellia pictured is a semi-double camellia sassanqua, possibly “White Dove” or an older relative. The shrub is at least eight feet high and my guess is that is between 50-75 years old.