**Camellia** is a beloved flowering shrub known for its beautiful, rose-like blossoms that come in a variety of colors. Originating from Asia, camellias are highly valued for their long blooming season and the grace they bring to gardens.

Camellias are evergreen shrubs or small trees that can grow up to 20 feet tall, depending on the species. They boast glossy, dark green leaves and produce large, showy flowers in hues of white, pink, red, and even yellow. The flowers often have a delicate, waxy appearance.

Camellia symbolizes love, affection, and admiration. Different colors of camellia flowers can represent different aspects of love. For example, red camellias symbolize deep love and desire, while white ones stand for adoration and are often gifted to convey a sense of longing.

Camellias prefer slightly acidic, well-draining soil. They thrive in partial shade, especially protection from harsh afternoon sunlight. While they are fairly drought-tolerant once established, regular watering enhances their growth and flowering.

Apart from ornamental uses, camellias, particularly the Camellia sinensis variety, are the source of tea leaves for beverages.


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