A special treat during the winter months, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne displays over 300 varieties of the delicate Camellia.
The RBG Melbourne aim to demonstrate the diversity of species within the genus Camellia and provide reference material for research.
Recognized as a Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society, the Gardens' wide collection is one of Australia’s finest.
Camellias have cultural, ornamental, economic, medicinal uses and great horticultural potential For example Camellia sinensis is harvested for tea production through out the world and Camellia oleifera is used for oil production used in cooking and cosmetics.
Shrub 2-3 m tall, flowers golden yellow, massive fruit 5 cm in diameter.
Large shrubs with open form and big showy flowers.
Medium sized shrub for semi-shade, upside down shy white flowers.
Elegant arching form with dainty white flowers.
Upright form to 3 m, relatively drought hardy, pretty white flower.
- Mulch to conserve water and keep root system cool.
- In full sun, red flowered cultivars such as Camellia 'Freedom Bell' will cope better than other colors.
- Camellia sinensis is harvested for tea production.
- 1883 - William Guilfoyle first planted camellias in the Camellia Bed. This early collection was greatly enhanced under the directorship of Alex Jessep.
- 2005 - the addition of the Bob Withers collection has increased the diversity of the existing collection.
winter and spring
Camellia Collection (GIF - 367 kb) North-east of the Oak Lawn; access from E Gate and F Gate.
Varieties in less protected locations.
For a fragrant display of small white flowers in late winter.
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Last updated 07 Jul 2010