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Botanical Name: Camellia japonica
Common Name(s): Camellia
Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
This large, evergreen shrub, with glossy dark green foliage, bears spectacular flowers from autumn through winter and into early spring. Flower forms are classified as single, semi double, anemone, peony, rose or formal double. Flowers can turn brown or buds drop due to a lack of humidity, particularly in summer rainfall areas, but this is usually caused by a mite. Plant camellias in a south- or east-facing position where they will be protected from the hot afternoon sun.
Synonym: Camellia japonica var. quercifolia
Botanical Pronunciation: ca-MEEL-e-a ja-PON-i-ca
This plant flowers from autumn through winter and into early spring. Flower forms are classified as single, semi double, anemone, peony, rose or formal double.
Description: Glossy dark green foliage.
Originates from eastern and southern Asia.
Planting: Prefers acid, well-drained, humus-enriched soil. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third acid compost, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well. Transplants well, especially in autumn and early spring.
Watering and feeding: Mulch with acid compost to help conserve water. Feed with blue hydrangea food to keep the soil acid.
Pruning: Not necessary except for occasional shaping.
‘Kramers Supreme’ bears large, peony-shaped, dark red flowers. ‘Francie L’ has semi-double, rose-pink flowers.
4 m * 3 m
Uses in landscape design
Excellent in tubs on patios where it has filtered sun. Very good as a background screener in shady areas.