Updated with new pic 4/10/13
Camellia • Camellia • ツバキ • 椿 • tsubaki
Grows in the SW corner of the Garden – right on the edge of the Garden there, flanked by some green hedge. Early pinkish bloomer – this year in April.
Writeup from Learn2Grow: The cultivar ‘Nuccio’s Jewel’ has a dense, bushy habit. Medium-sized, peony form blooms of white generously shading to orchid-pink at the edges appear mid- to late season: midwinter to early spring. Peony-form blossoms have a mass of irregular petals interlaced with gold reproductive structures in the center of the flowers.
Treasured in eastern Asia for centuries, Camellia was brought to the western world by Jesuit missionary and botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, for whom it is named. It is a large, broadleaf evergreen shrub to small tree, which has an upright to spreading habit and attractive smooth gray branches furnished with oval, glossy, toothed, dark green leaves. From late winter to early spring, it bears large, waxy flowers which are excellent for cutting. [..]