- Now, there are so many camellia trees on the island. This is the scene that you can observe only on Odong Island. This place is the habitat for more than 4000 camellia trees.
The camellia trees on Odong Island only make their flowers blossom in spring, showing a different biological structure compared to other trees. The camellia flowers on Odong Island start to blossom in November. The red color of the flower reaches the peak in April in the next year.
You need to know that the camellia flowers blossom only in winter. There are two more characteristics. It is very uncommon to see that the pollination process is executed by birds rather than bees or
- butterflies in winter. Not many trees show such a process in warm areas. The bird that helps the pollination process is the silver eye. The bird eats the honey provided by the camellia flowers in winte. It also eats the fruits made on the camellia trees. Because of the bird, the camellia trees can make their flowers blossom. There is one more characteristic that is made by the falling flowers. It is a well-known fact that the whole bunch of the camellia flower falls when it reaches the state of being the most beautiful. It falls as if someone cuts it.
Therefore, it is sometimes said that the camellia flowers blossom on the trees and on the ground. Our ancestors used the camellia flower in their wedding ceremonies, as a symbol for life and promise.
In the past, the flower was very useful in various ways. Clear yellow oil was extracted from the seeds to be used for foods. It was also used to provide light. It was also effective for relieving the itchiness of the hair and protecting the hair from being damaged. So, it was loved by many women as the oil treatment for their hair. Also, the dried pollen was believed to be effective for stopping bleeding. It was kept at home and widely used for burns and bruises. The tree was used for making combs, tea tables and chessboards, because of its strength. The flower language of the camellia is “I love you more than anyone.” Let’s walk on the path decorated with the camellia flower, the symbol for honor and purity, shall we?