Camellias might originally be from Asia but have definitely become a Southern staple. When you think of traditional southern landscapes, camellias are right up there with azaleas, dog woods, hydrangeas and magnolias. So, why would the South want to adopt this plant from half way around the world as our very own?
Most camellias prefer filtered sun or full morning sun with afternoon shade. Japonica and sasanqua camellias may adapt to full sun but is not considered ideal for them. Of the two types, sasanquas handle full sun better, while japonicas handle full shade better.
So, it makes sense why the south would adopt camellias with such enthusiasm. They offer the charm, elegance, and durability to thrive in our landscapes and to reflect what we ourselves hold dear.
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