The camellia (Camellia japonica) is the state flower of Alabama. There are a lot of cultivars of this species, providing a ton of variety in color and form. Their colors are white, pink, or red and mixes in between.
This shrub has dark green, waxy-looking leaves and blooms in January through April. These early flowers provide nectar to bees and butterflies. Flowers appear generally at the end of a branch, but may also be found along a branch.
It’s an evergreen, so even when it isn’t producing flowers, it’s a nice addition to the garden for year round color. Camellias are native to eastern Asia.
Learn more about camellias from the U.S. arboretum.