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Camellia japonica (Camellia)

Camellia japonica Camellia japonica ‘Chie Tarumoto’ Photo/Illustration: Colleen Fitzpatrick


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Camellia japonica ka-MEE-lee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah Common Name: Camellia Genus: Camellia
Japanese camellias shine in winter, with their glossy, deep green leaves and brilliant symmetry. Red, pink, and white lowers appear in spring, and they range from solids to stripes and from single cups of petals to tight double blooms. -Nellie Neal, Regional Picks: Southeast, Fine Gardening issue #127
Care: Moist, rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Camellias need extra water during dry summers. Horticultural oil spray applied after flowering prevents scale and other insects.
Propagation:  From cuttings.
Height 10 ft. to 15 ft.;3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; Spring
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Pink Flower; Red Flower; White Flower
Uses Shade
Style Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest
Type Shrubs

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