White Camellia Flowers: An Essential Guide to 15 Striking Varieties

White camellia flowers add beauty and elegance to any garden. These wonderful evergreen shrubs are available in several cultivars to suit your space. In this article, we’ll explore 15 beautiful types of white camellia flowers to grow in your garden.

White Camellia Flowers_ An Essential Guide to 15 Striking Varieties

15 Beautiful White Camellia Varieties:

1) Camellia ‘Silver Waves’

White Camellia 'Silver Waves'

Camellia japonica ‘Silver Waves’ is a gorgeous white camellia bred from the Japanese camellia. They produce large semi-double silvery-white flowers with yellow centers. ‘Silver Waves’ is a mid-season camellia that blooms from winter until early spring.

‘Silver Waves’ grows between 6 and 8 feet tall and thrives in USDA Zones 8 to 10. This stunning white camellia requires partial or full shade in a sheltered location. ‘Silver Waves’ is a great variety to choose from if you want a camellia hedge.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Silver Waves’
Growing Zones:8 to 10
Flowering Season:Winter to early spring
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:6 to 8 feet

2) Camellia ‘White Empress’

Camellia 'White Empress' in bloom

Camellia japonica ‘White Empress’ is an elegant white variety initially bred in Alabama in 1939. This cultivar produces large double or semi-double white flowers with a large clump of yellow stamens. The white petals are fluted at the edges.

‘White Empress’ grows best in Zones 6 to 9 and needs partial shade in a sheltered spot. This impressive cultivar grows between 10 and 12 feet tall. ‘White Empress’ is a mid-season variety that blooms during the winter. It grows more quickly than many other varieties.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘White Empress’
Growing Zones:6 to 9
Flowering Season:Winter
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:10 to 12 feet

3) Camellia ‘Sea Foam’

Camellia 'Sea Foam' white flowers

Camellia japonica ‘Sea Foam’ produces architectural formal double flowers with a rosette of white petals. ‘Sea Foam’ was bred from Camellia japonica by John T. Weisner in 1959. ‘Sea Foam’ grows between 10 and 12 feet tall and approximately 6 to 10 feet wide.

‘Sea Foam’ is cold-hardy down to 10ºF in Zones 7 to 9. However, this white cultivar struggles if temperatures fluctuate suddenly. ‘Sea Foam’ blooms during the spring and requires partial shade.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Sea Foam’
Growing Zones:7 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:10 to 12 feet

4) Camellia ‘Snow Flurry ‘

Camellia 'Snow Flurry'

Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’ is an elegant hybrid white with beautiful anemone-form flowers. ‘Snow Flurry’ is a hybrid between Camellia oleifera and Camellia sasanqua ‘Frost Princess’. ‘Snow Flurry’ was bred to be cold-hardy with small, stunning flowers.

‘Snow Flurry’ is hardy in Zones 6 to 9 and blooms as an early-season flower from late fall until early winter. ‘Snow Flurry’ is a reasonably compact variety, reaching between 5 and 7 feet tall and approximately 3 to 5 feet wide.

Scientific Name:Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’
Growing Zones:6 to 9
Flowering Season:Fall to winter
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:5 to 7 feet

5) Camellia ‘Nuccio’s Gem’

Camellia 'Nuccio's Gem' showcasing soft white flower heads

Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Gem’ is a white variety of Japanese camellia. ‘Nuccio’s Gem’ dazzles with large pure white rosettes of formal double flowers. Each flower can be up to 4 inches wide.

‘Nuccio’s Gem’ is a mid-season variety that flowers during the winter in Zones 7 to 10. It grows up to 15 feet tall and approximately 10 feet wide but it takes decades to reach this size. ‘Nuccio’s Gem’ needs partial to full shade in a sheltered garden area.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Gem’
Growing Zones:7 to 10
Flowering Season:Winter
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:Up to 15 feet

6) Camellia ‘Alba Plena’

Camellia 'Alba Plena' displaying bright white flower heads

Camellia japonica ‘Alba Plena’ is one of the oldest cultivars in the world. ‘Alba Plena’ was imported to England from China in 1792 and brought to America in 1800. ‘Alba Plena’ has pure white formal double flowers that can be up to 4 inches wide.

‘Alba Plena’ thrives in Zones 7 to 9 in partial to full shade. As an early-season bloom, ‘Alba Plena’ flowers from fall until winter. This cultivar grows to approximately 6 to 8 feet tall and wide.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Alba Plena’
Growing Zones:7 to 9
Flowering Season:Fall to winter
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:6 to 8 feet

7) Camellia ‘Bessie Battle’

White Camellia 'Bessie Battle' in bloom

‘Bessie Battle’ is another gorgeous white variety derived from Camellia japonica. ‘Bessie Battle’ has blousy semi-double white flowers with a crowd of yellow stamens. The petals are notched at the edges. Each flower can be up to 3.5 inches wide.

‘Bessie Battle’ prefers partial shade and sheltered areas in Zones 7 to 9. This cultivar grows up to 12 feet high and approximately 8 feet wide when fully mature. ‘Bessie Battle’ is a mid-season bloomer that flowers from winter until early spring.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Bessie Battle’
Growing Zones:7 to 9
Flowering Season:Winter to spring
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:Up to 12 feet

8) Camellia ‘Cream Puff’

Camellia 'Cream Puff' flowers

Camellia japonica ‘Cream Puff’ is a hybrid white derived from two Camellia japonica cultivars. ‘Cream Puff’ was created by hybridizing Camellia japonica ‘Frost Queen’ with Camellia japonica ‘White Butterfly’. It is one of the Ackerman hybrids designed to be cold-hardy.

‘Cream Puff’ produces semi-double peony-form flowers with a wonderful lemony scent. It thrives in Zones 7 to 10 and reaches up to 12 feet tall. This mid-season variety blooms from late winter until early spring, usually from January until March.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Cream Puff’
Growing Zones:7 to 10
Flowering Season:Late winter to early spring
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:Up to 12 feet

9) Camellia reticulata ‘Baihuajin’

Camellia reticulata 'Baihuajin'

Camellia reticulata ‘Baihuajin’ is a lovely variety displaying white flowers. Camellia reticulata is native to parts of China and has been cultivated for thousands of years. The first specimen of Camellia reticulata was brought to England in 1820.

This plant grows as a small tree in the wild and can reach up to 50 feet tall. In gardens, they can reach up to 20 feet tall and approximately 12 feet wide. They grow best in Zones 7 to 9 in partial shade.

Scientific Name:Camellia reticulata ‘Baihuajin’
Growing Zones:7 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:Up to 50 feet

10) Camellia ‘Scentuous’

White Camellia 'Scentuous'

Camellia ‘Scentuous’ is a beautiful white variety with blousy peony-form flowers. ‘Scentuous’ is a hybrid that combines Camellia japonica with Camellia lutchuensis. This hybrid cultivar flowers profusely.

‘Scentuous’ is a mid to late-season bloomer that flowers from January until May. It thrives in Zones 7 to 9 when given a sheltered spot in full sun or partial shade. This compact cultivar grows between 4 and 6 feet tall and approximately 3 to 4 feet wide.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica x lutchuensis ‘Scentuous’
Growing Zones:7 to 9
Flowering Season:Late winter to late spring
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:4 to 6 feet

11) Camellia x williamsii ‘Jury’s Yellow’

Camellia x williamsii 'Jury's Yellow' in bloom displaying petal petals and soft yellow centers

Camellia x williamsii ‘Jury’s Yellow’ is a fascinating white variety. It produces white anemone-form blooms with almost yellow cream-colored central petals. This cultivar’s name reflects its intriguing flowers.

‘Jury’s Yellow’ grows best in Zones 8 to 10 and tolerates partial to full shade. This cultivar is a late-season bloomer that flowers between March and April. At full size, ‘Jury’s Yellow’ grows up to 13 feet tall and wide.

Scientific Name:Camellia x williamsii ‘Jury’s Yellow’
Growing Zones:8 to 10
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:Up to 13 feet

12) Camellia japonica ‘Shiro Chan’

Camellia japonica 'Shiro Chan' with shades of white and soft pink.

Camellia japonica ‘Shiro Chan’ is an elegant white cultivar of the Japanese camellia. ‘Shiro Chan’ produces large white double flowers with pink edges or stripes. These attractive petals surround a clump of golden yellow stamens.

‘Shiro Chan’ is a mid-season white variety that flowers in late winter. It grows well in Zones 7 to 9 in partial shade and warm, sheltered conditions. ‘Shiro Chan’ grows up to 12 feet tall and approximately 10 feet wide. 

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Shiro Chan’
Growing Zones:7 to 9
Flowering Season:Late winter
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:10 to 12 feet

13) Camellia x williamsii ‘Coppelia Alba’

Camellia x williamsii 'Coppelia Alba' flowers in bloom.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Coppelia Alba’ is a hybrid with single white flowers that have golden yellow central stamens. Camellia x williamsii hybrids are created by combining Camellia japonica with Camellia saluenensis. These cultivars are prized for their hardiness.

Camellia x williamsii are also bred to have a longer flowering season. Most of these hybrids bloom from winter until spring and thrive in Zones 6 to 10.

Scientific Name:Camellia x williamsii ‘Coppelia Alba’
Growing Zones:6 to 10
Flowering Season:Winter to spring
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:Up to 13 feet tall

14) Camellia japonica ‘Duchesse de Berry’

Camellia japonica 'Duchesse de Berry' displaying soft white to pink flower heads.

Camellia japonica ‘Duchesse de Berry’ is an elegant cultivar derived from the Japanese camellia. This variety produces round, almost cup-shaped formal double flowers. The petals form an attractive rosette.

‘Duchesse de Berry’ grows best in warm, humid areas in Zones 7 to 9. This cultivar requires a sheltered spot in partial shade to protect it against cold winds. ‘Duchesse de Berry’ is a mid-season variety that flowers in late winter. It grows to approximately 10 to 12 feet high.

Scientific Name:Camellia japonica ‘Duchesse de Berry’
Growing Zones:7 to 9
Flowering Season:Late winter
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:10 to 12 feet

15) Grantham’s Camellia

Grantham's Camellia flowers in bloom with pure petals and a yellow center.

Grantham’s camellia (Camellia granthamiana) is an endangered species found only in parts of China and Hong Kong. This rare flowers produces large single white flowers with bright orange stamens. It’s named after Sir Alexander Grantham, the governor of Hong Kong at the time of the plant’s discovery in 1955.

Grantham’s camellia cannot tolerate cold temperatures and grows best in a greenhouse. This rare bloom is suitable for Zones 9 to 10 and requires partial shade. This is an early-season species that flowers during the fall. It grows up to 12 feet tall.

White Camellia Flower FAQs:

What Do White Camellias Symbolize?

White camellias symbolize adoration and care for people you don’t have romantic feelings for. Like many other white flowers symbolism, they represent innocence, purity, and rebirth.

Are White Camellias Rare?

White camellia flowers aren’t rare, with over 26,000 cultivars in circulation. Tea camellias always have white flowers.

What Month Do White Camellias Flower?

White camellias bloom any time between fall and spring, depending on the variety. Early-season varieties flower in the fall, and mid-season bloom in winter. Late-season white bloom during the spring.

Are White Camellia Flowers High Maintenance?

Although white camellias have specific soil requirements, they aren’t high maintenance. They need fertile, acidic soils that are well-draining but still retain some moisture. Most thrive in partial to full shade in a sheltered location.

How Fast Do White Camellia Flowers Grow?

White camellias are slow-growing evergreen shrubs, taking decades to reach their full size. Some varieties can live for centuries in the right conditions. For more, see our guide to the fastest-growing camellia varieties

Wrapping Up   

White camellias add natural beauty to any outdoor space. These flowers come in several forms, from single or semi-double blooms to rose or peony-form flowers. With so many gorgeous white camellias available, you’re bound to find one that fits your garden.

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