Victory White Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Victory White'
For many of us, winter can be tough with the cold, dark, and dreary days. Once in a while, though, a hint of spring is revealed. If the winter season gets you down and you need a reminder that warmer days are ahead, plant the 'Victory White' camellia in your garden. This camellia is a vigorous and fast grower, reaching heights of 8-10 feet and width of 8 feet, and is a mid-season blooming japonica. So that means it will bloom from January to March--right when we need a little glimmer of spring. Medium-sized, loose white peony blooms contrast with shiny dark green foliage that remains all year. A bit more cold tolerant than some varieties, having been successfully tested to zone 6B. Great for screen or a large hedge.
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.