Camellia used for seasonal push by Trehane Nursery

Trehane Nursery is putting festive faith in one of its 150-plus varieties of camellia for the shopping surge at Christmas.

Yuletide (C. vernalis) has single, red blooms framed by small dark evergreen leaves. It can be grown in the garden and in containers.

"We have championed the scented plant in recent years," said a representative of the Dorset-based grower."We now hope to have enough stock to fill all orders for this festive plant in 2010."

Nursery manager Lorraine Keets added: "There is always a huge demand for plants bearing red flowers or berries over the festive period and Yuletide is one of the best. This slow-growing camellia provides a treat at a time of year when many gardens can look rather sad."

Trehane Nursery is selling Yuletide in twoand five-litre pots, priced from £16.50. Other favourites at the nursery include C. sinensis, the common tea plant.


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