Lanhydrock Camellia japonica Akashigata
Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia and can grow up to 30 cm a year and they thrive in the acid soil here. The first camellias to grow and flower in England were at Thorndon Hall in Essex in 1739. We do not know when camellias were first grown at Lanhydrock. The camellia group includes the tea plant Camellia sinensis.