Camellia is a showy and fragrant, broadleaf evergreen, woody shrub native to Japan. It is a member of the Theaceae (tea) family. The word camellia is derived from Georg Josef Kamel (1706), a Jesuit missionary and naturalist. It is usually found growing up to an altitude of 900 metres. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 5 m tall. The leaves are broad elliptic, 3–7 cm long and 1.2–3 cm broad, with a finely serrated margin. The flowers are 5–7 cm diameter.