Our poor camellia had to be pruned - I say pruned but really it was a chainsaw kind of job - so that we could build a carport. It totally looked like it would never come back again, but I read that you can actually prune these pretty hard. Lo and behold, one sprouted appeared. Then another. And now it’s looking amazing. We hope to get a great show of impressive blooms the first year after the “prune” job.