Camellia japonica assorted
(Camellia japonica)

  • Type: Evergreen
  • Light: Partial sun to shade
  • Height: 8-12'
  • Spread: 6-10'
  • Flower: Pink, Red, Coral, White, Lavender, and Bi-Color
  • Bloom: Winter
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Camellia is an old southern gardening favorite. It blooms in early spring when not much else is blooming and adds color to what might otherwise be considered a dreary landscape. Bloom color ranges from white to all shades of pink and red. The flower size is quite variable ranging from a two-inch diameter up to five inches.  Depending upon the camellia variety, flowering may start as early as October and finish as late as mid-March. The flowers on each plant will usually last three to four weeks. 

Most camellias prefer shade to part-shade with some protection from drying winter winds. All camellias grow best in well-drained soils that are high in organic matter and slightly acidic (pH 5.5 – 6.5). They are slow to grow and slow to establish but are long-living plants in the landscape.

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