Crimson Candles Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Crimson Candles'
Crimson Candles Camellia displays a unique candle shaped reddish bud that opens to a small to medium sized, single rose pink flower. It has numerous blooms on each plant. A notable characteristic for the Crimson Candles is its cold hardiness as it's buds tolerate heavy frost. This hybrid reaches a mature height of 8 to 12 feet and a mature width of 6 to 8 feet and is best as a privacy screen due to it's fast growth rate.
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.