Theaceae (tea family) Camellia

Camellia japonica camellia

Coasts of Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan
Camellia japonica leaf. From An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees, Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino

Shrub, or small tree, 6 to 12 ft tall, depending on cultivar. Blooms in fall, winter, or spring depending on cultivar. Locations include front of Encina Hall, Schwab Center, Memorial Church, GSB, Bing School, and the outer northeast Quad circle, near its center.

Name derivation: Camellia – After George Joseph Kamel (1661–1706), pharmacist who studies Philippines flora; japonica – Japanese.

Related material: Stanford Grounds Plant Information Sheet. List No. 11, page 4 | Rare, storied camellias to replace lawns near Memorial Church. Stanford Report March 2, 2005.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the main text of this entry ca. 2005.