Camellia is spectacular when in bloom, bearing
profusions of flowers. The low-growing varieties make
effective ground cover in shady places and on steep hillsides
where mowing is difficult. Single plants make engaging focal
points planted in lawns where they have room to assume their
If it is necessary to prune, do it in the spring before
the buds develop.
This shrub was named for Father Georg Josef Kamel, a Moravian Jesuit
Priest who wrote about plants he found in the Philippines.
He published his work in 1704 under his latinized name, Camellus.