Angela F
Angela F
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Asked on Feb 1, 2013

Can anyone tell me what this flowering bush is?

Gabrielle FalkBnd2070302Pat Helvie
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We've recently bought a new house that has tons of landscaping, but most of it we just don't recognize. We're particularly curious about 4 bushes around our dining room windows that look like they're going to have giant flowers! Does anyone know what they are called? We've never seen anything like it...
q can anyone tell me what this flowering bush is, flowers, gardening
q can anyone tell me what this flowering bush is, flowers, gardening
41 answers
  • R.V.R. Farris
    on Feb 1, 2013

    Camellia

  • Angela F
    on Feb 1, 2013

    Thank you so much! Now I can look up how to take care of them. :)

  • Claudia Dunkley
    on Feb 1, 2013

    Camellia

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 2, 2013

    When they start blooming, you are really going to be thanking the previous owner of your house.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Feb 2, 2013

    We have a few... beautiful flowers!!

  • Corkie Smith
    on Feb 2, 2013

    Camellia - it was one of my Mothers favorite flowers - there is a Camellia Society near you I'm sure.... http://www.camellias-acs.com/

  • They are very popular here in Virginia.

  • R.V.R. Farris
    on Feb 2, 2013

    You are very welcome, Angela F. And consider yourself very lucky to have four camellia shrubs to view from your dining room window. They are wonderful additions to any landscape in my opinion.

  • Pamela F
    on Feb 2, 2013

    Yes, you are lucky to have these beauties in your landscape! I now have one (Camellia Sasanqua 'Leslie Ann') and it bloomed this lovely flower this fall:-)

    q can anyone tell me what this flowering bush is, flowers, gardeningq can anyone tell me what this flowering bush is, flowers, gardening
  • Shari K
    on Feb 2, 2013

    Looks like a Peony to me! I have grown them for years! Beautiful plants!

  • Cheryl
    on Feb 3, 2013

    Shari K, Camellias have a tough. leathery leaf that doesn't resemble the leaf of a peony when you see them. Plus they grow on bushes that can be as tall as small trees. The flowers are much smaller, but both plants are gorgeous.

  • Angela F
    on Feb 3, 2013

    I love peonies. They were in my wedding bouquet :)

  • Angela F
    on Feb 3, 2013

    Thank y'all so much for taking the time to answer my question! When they get around to blooming, I'll post pictures here :)

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Feb 3, 2013

    Oh I love camelia's! They don't survive well in our environment but they are so gorgeous popping out when cold!

  • Jenny@birdsandsoap
    on Feb 3, 2013

    all the pretty flowers grow in the south!

  • Patricia M
    on Feb 5, 2013

    I agree; peonies. When I was still at home (many years ago !!) my parents bought a house that had numerous plants also. There were several of these. They lived 37 yrs, until both my parents were gone :( and we sold the house. They are beautiful and require no fuss.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Feb 6, 2013

    I have been planting Peonies the only problem is they just don't last very long! So sad! and I have trouble getting a lot of blooms really researching my soil and what I'm doing wrong

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 6, 2013

    Peonies do have beautiful flowers, but Angela's plants are camellias.

  • Angela F
    on Feb 6, 2013

    I am just starting my gardening adventures, so all of this is very new to me. The flowers I posted pictures of here are on large bushes -- taller than me, almost. I guess you could almost call them small trees. There are so many more blooms, and I can see the color in some of them now. I think they're going to open soon, and I can't wait to see what they look like!

  • R.V.R. Farris
    on Feb 6, 2013

    I believe we all are hoping you'll post some pictures of the blooms. Camellia blooms can come in a wide range of colors. Currently the bush in my yard has a very soft pinkish bloom, my last house, the blooms were red and white striped. I called it my peppermint bush.

  • Patricia M
    on Feb 6, 2013

    I'm sorry; Douglas is right. Those flowers do not look like the big peonies my Mom had. But they are so beautiful.

  • Karen V
    on Feb 11, 2013

    Camellias and you will get lots of seeds from them too.

  • Judy F
    on Feb 17, 2013

    No mention in comments that the camellia will bloom twice each year - summer and winter. Lovely plant.

  • Anita Faircloth
    on Mar 1, 2013

    Definitely camelias! I love the beautiful evergreen bushes as well as the beautiful flowers.

  • Angela F
    on Mar 5, 2013

    These bushes have FINALLY started blooming! Some look to be pink/red, and some look like they'll be multicolored -- white/cream with hints of color. Super pretty!

    q can anyone tell me what this flowering bush is, flowers, gardeningq can anyone tell me what this flowering bush is, flowers, gardening
  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Mar 5, 2013

    Yes camelias.....I love them...

  • R.V.R. Farris
    on Mar 6, 2013

    And how lucky to have different color blooms in the same yard! Love that.

  • Debsanne
    on Mar 7, 2013

    Camelias

  • Patricia M
    on Mar 10, 2013

    So pretty. Is it too late to plant the bushes now?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 11, 2013

    Patricia, I don't think camellias would be hardy in St. Louis. You would probably need to grow them in a large pot that you could move to a greenhouse for the winter. (They want bright light and cool winter temperatures of 45-60 degrees F.)

  • Cheryl
    on Mar 13, 2013

    I'd agree with Douglas.

  • Sharon Burton
    on May 14, 2013

    Camellias, They are a southern flower

  • Carrie
    on Mar 11, 2014

    Camellias! One of my Favorites!

  • Susan
    on Mar 11, 2014

    camillias to me

  • Helen
    on Mar 19, 2014

    i planted some in my southernmost landscape here in VA - mine are rosy red camellia japonicas. They are blooming now even though we have had 32 degree weather. First thing that blooms in the spring in my yard.

  • Johanna Eldridge
    on Mar 19, 2014

    Definitely camellia!! there are many, many different cultivars of camellia. some are more cold sensitive than others. they are obviously very content and are blooming where they are planted!! we have a few freezes here every winter at the beach in NC and camellias love our climate. Camellia sinensis is the plant that produces what we enjoy as white, green or black tea!! One of my friends actually grows her own green tea here in coastal NC! ENJOY your happy flowering shrubs!!

  • Wanda sinnema
    on Jun 22, 2014

    treat them like azaleas or rhodendrons,,,,,love acid soil,,,,, all grow great here in western Washington,,zone 7. here are some that bloom in the winter some in the spring and summer.... only negative,,,the blooms drop and are very messssy for quite a long time.. Nice winter foliage, evergreen, lots of colors and varieties,,some varigated foliage..Birds like to nest in them because they are evergreen.

  • Jeannie Carle
    on Apr 12, 2015

    Absolutely camellias! I've not seen one since I moved to Missouri! Grew up with a big beautiful pink and white one outside my kitchen window on the Oregon coast. What a lovely lovely plant!!!

  • Pat Helvie
    on Mar 7, 2016

    Camellias.. They bloom in the south in the winter. Beautiful

  • Bnd2070302
    on Mar 8, 2016

    Camillia...have one in my front in full...beautiful and leaves are evergreen, don't drop.

  • Gabrielle Falk
    on Jun 14, 2016

    Camellia. Same as in Australia.

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