Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld



Camellia species and cultivars

Family: Theaceae

Internationally, Camellias are generally considered "warm" climate plants, but hot or dry conditions, especially at the wrong times, cause problems. It's wise to do some research into the best types for your area, and what you can do to help them perform.

The Japonica group are well known in temperate climates and may be grown successfully in the cooler areas of Queensland. You may also encounter the reticulatas and various other species in hybrids in gardening books from the Northern hemisphere. However, the sasanqua group of Camellias (C. sasanqua and some related varieties) are generally recommended for the subtropics.

Buying Camellias in Qld

Most garden centres will carry some camellias. The best time to shop is the autumn and early winter when plants are coming into flower and retailers have the greatest range in stock. The other advantage of buying plants in flower is you can see the flower colour for yourself instead of relying on the label.

The following advertisers may include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly.


176 Long Road,
Eagle Heights, Qld 4271
Ph: (07) 5545 4999
Tambourine Mountain Nursery offers a range of beautiful plants, specialising in classic temperate-climate species and many others that are difficult to find elsewhere in the Brisbane/Gold Coast region.

Range includes plants such as camellias, wisterias, conifers, acers, brugmansias, gingko, birches, liquidambar, viburnums, michelias plus a many varieties of evergreen and deciduous magnolias. White, variegated and portwine jacarandas.

Phone ahead to confirm availablity or arrange an order. Wholesale and retail.

Most general garden centres in suitable regions will probably stock some camellias. However, Queensland gardeners looking for a wider selection of cultivars or something special may have trouble. If you're a speciallist camellia nursery in Qld (including mail order or online nurseries supplying plants to this state), please get in touch about advertising on this page.

Camellias in the Landscape

Pictures will be added here to give you an idea of growth habit and how the plants look in various settings. All the photos so far were taken in Brisbane. Click for larger images.

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