Camellia hongkongensis (Hong Kong Camellia)

Scientific Name

Camellia hongkongensis Seem.

Common Names

Hong Kong Camellia


Thea hongkongensis

Scientific Classification

Family: Theaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Genus: Camellia


Color: Red
Bloom Time: Late winter to mid spring


Camellia hongkongensis is a small, evergreen tree up to 30 feet (9 m) tall. Its young branches are reddish brown. The leaves are glossy green, leathery, oblong and up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) long. The young branches and leaf are glabrous. Of the camellia species native to Hong Kong, only this species bears red flowers. They are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) across.

Camellia hongkongensis (Hong Kong Camellia)
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USDA hardiness zone 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Choose a large rugged pot, terracotta, wood or stone, and part fill with ericaceous compost and then add your plant and back fill so that the level of the pot is level with the soil. Water well, preferably with water taken from a water butt. If you do use tap water, which tends to be alkaline, allow it to stand for a morning first.

Re-pot every other year into fresh potting compost. In the intervening years remove the top 2 inches (5 cm) of compost and add fresh compost. You can re-pot back into the same pot if you trim off up to a third of the roots to make room for fresh potting compost, or go up into a larger pot. This regime will keep your Camellia happy.

Camellias are fast-growing tap-rotted plants and the new growth can snap off in windy positions so staking is advisable for the first few years until the Camellia becomes bushy. They do tolerate windy conditions however, once established, and are often used as windbreaks in gardens where they thrive… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Camellia


Native to Hong Kong.


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