Camellia is a large genus of around 177 species of evergreen shrub and tree that grow between 1-20m tall. They are typically found in southeastern Asia, in mountainous regions from the Himalayas through to Japan and Indonesia. This genus has been extensively cultivated for its showy, rose-like flowers and foliage. Flowers are highly variable and exhibit a wide range of structures. They grow best in soil on the acidic side and these lovely plants may be grown in containers very effectively. Flowers can be sorted into flower types including single, semi-double, anemone-form, peony-form, rose-form, formal double and irregular double. Flowers can be scented and produced in single, paired or clustered arrangements. Generally, Camellia species are either winter or spring flowering and often they bloom when little else does, adding valuable bright colour to gardens.