Definition of camellia in US English:

camellia

noun

  • An evergreen eastern Asian shrub related to the tea plant, grown for its showy flowers and shiny leaves.

    Genus Camellia, family Theaceae: several species, in particular the common camellia (C. japonica), which has numerous cultivars and hybrids

    • ‘There are also many flowers and shrubs including tree heather, azaleas and camellias, while the two large greenhouses include an apricot and peach tree, nectarine trees, tomatoes and vines.’
    • ‘Gardenias like an acidic soil and so grow well with camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘‘It does have the Japanese plants, though,’ she says, including camellias, acers, azaleas and ferns.’
    • ‘Camellia japonica, like most camellias, needs a site shaded from morning sun, sheltered from icy winds, and with moisture in the soil sufficient to prevent bud drop in autumn and winter.’
    • ‘Shrubs with waxy leaves, such as camellias, gardenias and ixoras always look fresh and composed.’
    • ‘Her romantic garden showcases David Austin roses, hydrangeas, camellias, orange trees and numerous perennial and annual plants.’
    • ‘Rhododendrons, most heathers, camellias and many others must have acid soil.’
    • ‘The best camellias are usually grown in beds or in areas where the soil and surroundings offer a friendly home for them.’
    • ‘These include azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias.’
    • ‘Gardenias and camellias had also been suggested as candidates for this honor.’
    • ‘The pavilions will house plants from temperate regions of the southern hemisphere such as passion flowers, camellias, banksias, tea trees and wattles.’
    • ‘Among the plants in the garden are roses, a white magnolia, camellias, tulips, white primula, blue lobelia and much more.’
    • ‘The garden was created by banker Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920s and is famous for its stunning displays of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘For something in bloom, choose a camellia, Christmas cactus or moth orchid.’
    • ‘Good buys include azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘The beds are planted with a wide range of trees and shrubs, including acers, camellias, rhododendrons, oaks and beeches, beneath which grow choice perennials and bulbs.’
    • ‘With their evergreen, glossy leaves camellias look good year-round and make an excellent backdrop for summer flowering plants.’
    • ‘I delight in growing plants from all over the world and can't see anything wrong with siting an Asian camellia next to a Hawaiian hibiscus - their shape, colours and form complement each other nicely.’
    • ‘The garden includes ferns, hydrangeas, irises, waterlilies, camellias, rhododendrons, Japanese maples and fuchsias.’
    • ‘The shrubs include camellias, hellebores, pieris and hydrangeas, which make a splendid sight when in bloom.’

Origin

Modern Latin, named by Linnaeus after Joseph Kamel (Latinized as Camellus), Moravian botanist (1661–1706), who described the flora of Luzon.

Pronunciation

camellia

/kəˈmiljə//kəˈmēlyə/