Tricolor Siebold Camellia
Camellia X 'Tricolor Siebold'
What do you get when you cross a camellia and a candy cane? A weird-tasting snack yes, but also the unique 'Tricolor Siebold' camellia! According to historical record, this cultivar was brought from Japan to Europe by Franz Von Siebold in 1829. It has had real staying power, probably due to its stunning 4" flowers and tolerance of heat and humidity. This cultivar reaches a mature height between 8 and 10 feet and width of 4 to 6 feet, and blooms open from December to March. Its evergreen foliage and dense, substantial size make it suitable for a screen or as a visual anchor in a large shade bed. Flower shading can vary slightly, but is usually white with red stripes. In general, camellias prefer to be grown in part shade to dappled sun with protection from hot afternoon sun. Rich, loamy, well-drained soil and even moisture will keep this plant very happy.
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.