Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Camellia as they prefer fall planting with less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.
Camellia japonica 'Adeyaka'
The name of this camellia means 'fascinating', and for good reason. Developed in North Carolina by camellia master Dr. Clifford Parks, 'Adeyaka' is a vigorous, upright grower with dense, medium dark green leaves and heavy bud set. The currant-red single blooms are abundant and cover the shrub from December to April. Camellias grow best in partial shade or filtered sun (with protection from afternoon sun) and well-drained slightly acidic soil. Use the evergreen 'Adeyaka' at the back of a shrub border or as a screening plant.