University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Camellia (Camellia spp.)

The camellia is a densely foliated evergreen shrub or small tree. The simple, dark green, leathery leaves have an alternate to whorled arrangement with serrate margins. Attractive flowers appear on the ends of branches in fall or winter and are solitary or clustered. They may possess few or many petals and stamens. Flower colors include shades of red, pink, and white.