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Camellia japonica ‘Desire’

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to March
  • Height9m
  • Spread8m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourPale pink shades
  • Leaf ColourDark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Camellia japonica ‘Desire’. This Camellia has formal, semi-double blooms in pale blush pink, with slightly darker pink edges.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Large shrub

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

As a wall shrub, a specimen or container plant and to provide structure in winter. Apart from the ornamental flowers, the glossy, dark evergreen leaves are a good backdrop for colourful planting.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Loamy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Cultivation

Protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun to prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers. Prefers lime-free soil, so best container-grown in alkaline soils.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings from mid-summer to early winter or by grafting or by simple layering in late winter or early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Camellia Petal Blight

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