A genus of hardy evergreen trees or shrubs of elegant habit, bearing gorgeous vari-colored flowers. Some are single, many are semi-double, and hundreds of varieties have double flowers in all shades of red, pink, and white or beautifully mottled or striped. With a good well-selected variety, they may be had in bloom for four or five . months beginning in January. The Camellia loves a partially - shaded situation away from cold winds, good deep sandy soil and plenty of water during the Summer months. Propagate by cuttings in September, or by layering in the usual manner in June and July, or by seeds sown one-quarter of an inch deep as soon as delivered or in the early Spring.