A close relative of C. japonica growing eventually into a small tree. Twigs greyish white. Leaves mostly 8-12 cm long; margins saw-toothed in upper half and turned under at the edges. Bracts and sepals 14-16, silvery-hairy. Flowers 8-12 cm wide, red; petals 7 deeply notched, red. Capsule 4-6 cm wide with 3-8 seeds.
Named from the fact that in Chekiang oil is extracted from the seeds.
Leaves large, elliptic, shiny above; flowers red; petals 7; bracts and sepals 14-16; ovary hairless; cf. C. japonica which has 5-6 petals and 10 bracts and sepals.
Source: (1997). Camellia. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.