FLOWERING SHRUB. The various types all flower early — February to April — and the blooms make a striking contrast against the sombre foliage. Camellia japonica is the tallest (20 ft. and more), and has single and double blossom, white and red; alba is a single white; chandleri elegans, a bright double pink and imbricata rubra plena, a double deep carmine. All sorts are hardy and can be grown in the open in a sheltered position, set in a mixture of loam, sand and peat. They make striking tub plants and flourish in a cold greenhouse. Poor drainage and irregular watering are to be particularly avoided, but they need no coddling and are all evergreen. Increase by cuttings of young shoots in July.

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