Expert: Oriental flowering shrub was first cultivated in California

11/3/2010 | San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas)

Camellia, a tropical flowering shrub imported from China, was propagated earlier in California because the plant was part of the cargo of Spanish ships that landed in the U.S. in the 18th century, according to horticulturist Maureen Gilmer. The plant has its origins underneath the canopy of trees found in Asian forests, so it develops roots above the ground and obtains its nutrients from the soil's surface. A young shoot of a Camellia should be inserted in a shallow and wide hole to allow the plant's roots to develop faster, Gilmer notes.

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