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.
Tama Vino Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Tama Vino'
Tama Vino Camellia blooms pop with color that are deep wine red in the center and outlined with a crisp white edge. Gives landscapes year round interest with its lively, eye-popping blooms and its rich, glossy green foliage. As it's flowers age, the color deepens to a dark red and eventually pinkish. All in all very fun to watch during bloom. Tama Vino grows to be a little shorter than Tama Electra.
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.