Camellia

Camellia sasanqua
Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae


Plant type Shrub
Height 5 to 15 feet
Spread 5 to 15 feet
Habit Bushy
Foliage Evergreen
Growth rate Moderate
Interests Flowers
Uses Borders
Skill level Average
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 7
Heat zone
Sun Part shade
Moisture Average to moist
Soil type Very acid to slightly acid
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered
Flower colour Pink, purple, red, white
Flower season Early spring to late spring, late winter
Flower size Large to very large
Foliage colour Green
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Stems
Features
Wildlife
Texture Coarse, smooth

Camellias are evergreen shrubs grown for their magnificent display of large blooms throughout spring. Flowers can be single or double and in colours of red, pink and white, some varieties being striped or multi-coloured. The foliage is large and glossy.

Camellias need an acid soil to grow and are not terribly hardy, only surviving down to around zones 7-9. In regions where they are likely to get frosted, bright morning sun can damage the flowers, so they are best grown in light shade.

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SeasonDetails
Early-summer Prune for size if necessary after flowering

 

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