Camellia japonica
(ka-MEE-li-a ja-PON-i-ka ) *
This well-known broadleaf evergreen shrub, a native of Japan and China, blooms from early winter to spring.
Flowers are perfect, but not fragrant. They come in shades of white, pink, rose and red, with many different forms (single, semidouble, formal double, peony, etc.) and range from 2 1/2 to 5 inches across.
The roots are not particularly deep on this shrub which can grow from 10 to 15 feet high in the conditions it prefers: moist, acid, organic, well-drained soil.
Well over 2,000 clones have resulted from the breeding and selection by both professionals and amateurs.  Some selections are registered whereas others are not so there is much confusion in equating some names with a particular plant.  In the 1998 edition of "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants," Michael Dirr states that the situation is confused "to the point of hopelessness."
Location on campus:
Southeast corner of Roy E. Lieuallen Administration building
* Information from Oregon State University's Landscape Plants web site.