Camellia japonica

Botanical Name: Camellia japonica

Common Name(s): Camellia

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Description:

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.

Family: Theaceae

Synonym:  Camellia japonica var. quercifolia

Botanical Pronunciation: ca-MEEL-e-a ja-PON-i-ca

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Frost Hardy
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Non Indigenous
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Moderate Watering

Flowers

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.


Showy flower

Foliage

Description: Glossy dark green foliage.

Origin

Originates from eastern and southern Asia.

 

Other Languages

Japonika (A)

Planting Instructions

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.

Recommended Varieties

‘Kramers Supreme’ bears large, peony-shaped, dark red flowers. ‘Francie L’ has semi-double, rose-pink flowers.

Size

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.

 

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