April Remembered Camellia
Camellia japonica 'April Remembered'
Vigorous and perhaps one of the hardiest, 'April Remembered' camellia is a noteworthy variety, sporting masses of large, semi-double pale pink flowers. Bloom time can extend over a long period from October to May, depending on the planting location. This camellia hybrid is part of the 'April' series introduced by Dr. Clifford Parks and can be successfully grown in regions as cold as zone 6. Like most camellias, it will benefit from a bit of shelter from the wind and hot sun, since buds and leaves are susceptible to the extreme elements.
Teas/tisanes can be made from all camellias, for varied flavored results depending on the variety and processing methods used--some cultivars have caffeine, while some do not. There are resources available online for the hobbyist and production-minded tea makers alike. Research, experiment, process and use at your own risk.