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Camellia japonica

Common camellia

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Features

  • BloomsApril to May
  • Height3m to 9m
  • Spread4.5m to 8m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite-red-pink
  • Leaf ColourShiny deep green shades

Description

Camellia japonica (Common camellia). Their flowers will come in single or double varieties in a wide range of shades, red, pink, white, striped, etc. They are easy to grow but are slow-growing and will take many years to reach their full height. The foliage is glossy dark or rich green.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Snow camellia

Origin

Japan, South Korea, Taiwan

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage, hedging, border, container. Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium, Rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will prefer a moist, rich and acidic soil in the shade or sun. You may prune after flowering to keep an attractive shape.

Propagation

Cuttings and layering are done in summer and autumn. Seeds may be sown at a temperature of 70 to 75 degrees F and will germinate in one or two months. Soak for 24 hours before sowing to aid in germination.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids and scale insects.

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