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.
Dr. JC Raulston Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Dr. JC Raulston'
Dr. JC Raulston Camellia has large, semi-double blooms, ruffled bright red to slightly red-orange petals in late winter to spring. This plant has an upright, dense growth habit and gets up to 12 feet tall. Flowers are excellent for cutting. Pruning should not be heavy, but can be done after blooming has finished. Like most spring blooming camellias, it will benefit most from a bit of shelter from the hot sun.
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.