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.
Unryu "Zig Zag" Camellia
Camellia japonica "Unryu"
The word ‘Unryu’ in Japanese can be translated as “Dragon In the Clouds”. How one word can pack so much into it is remarkable, and while this phrase might be a weird name for a camellia, think again. Unryu is named for the way this camellia’s stems contort and twist at 45-degree angles, unlike any other camellia; really unlike most plants. It is this quality—the manner in which the stems zig and zag—like Smaug from the mists of the Lonely Mountain—that makes Unryu a worthy addition to any plant collection. Unryu is frost hardy in zone 6 and boasts pink flowers with yellow centers in late winter.