Camellia • Camellia • ツバキ • 椿 • tsubaki
It grows in Area I, flanking the East Gate on the south end. Never saw it blooming before, and our gardener, Miriam, thinks it’s earlier this year – she previously saw it blooming around December, and didn’t notice any bloom last year.
From Wikipedia: Camellia oleifera, which originated in China, is notable as an important source of edible oil (known as tea oil or camellia oil) obtained from its seeds. It is commonly known as the Oil-seed Camellia or Tea Oil Camellia, though to a lesser extent other species of Camellia are used in oil production too.
It is widely distributed in China and is cultivated extensively there. It is found in forests, thickets, banks of streams and foothills at elevations of 500 to 1,300 metres.
This species looks much similar to Camellia sasanqua except the dark green, evergreen leaves are a bit larger, three to five inches long and two to three inches wide. Single, white, fragrant flowers are produced in late winter, and this large shrub or small tree will reach a height of 20 feet with thin, upright, multiple trunks and branches. The crown forms a rounded or oval vase with lower branches removed […].
From Plants for a Future: […]
Edible Uses • Edible Parts: Oil; Oil. Edible Uses: Oil; Oil. An oil obtained from the seed is used in cooking
Medicinal Uses • […] Anthelmintic. The seed oil is used in the treatment of ringworm. […]