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Hi, I'm looking for about 10 camellias for a foundation planting. The site is west facing, under oaks. A nurseryman suggested that sasquinas (sp) could handle the direct afternoon sun best (it's pretty hot about 3-4 hrs for 3 months) but we're coastal so our hot is seldom over 80 degrees. I've been reading about the wonderful Niccios Nursery and wonder if there is another wonderful camellia nursery in the north part of CA? Where is a great site to see the different varieties? I'm looking for a pink or white, 5'-8' tall (but we 'll just prune if it's taller), fast growing would be a bonus, and I love formal and/or double-type flowers.
camellia forest is in N.C., but there are a lot of pictures on their site, and some info on growing. They grow over most of the southeasern U.S., I don't think it's heat per se that is the problem but the sun on leaves. I plan to put a drip irrigation on mine. (They also need good drainage.)
Nuccio's is awesome to visit.