The variably colored medium sized semi-double flowers of this beauty are composed of wavy petals that can range from near white to blush pink with medium pink toward the center and seemingly random splashes, flecks, and stripes of bright red, or no red at all, that surround a boss of yellow stamens. Lady Vansittart Japonica Camellia is another well loved heirloom cultivar with a slow to medium growth rate. Flowers mid to late season.
Camellias are the rose of winter in southern gardens, with their colorful blossoms held against deep rich green glossy foliage on a naturally upright to rounded evergreen shrub. Pick the flowers and float them in a bowl of water to bring their beauty indoors. Camellias prefer an acidic, humus rich soil with an organic mulch and average moisture. Once well-established they need little additional care and will continue to perform for years to come. Most Camellias do best where they get light shade or morning sun and the light filtered shade of pines seems to be perfect. For more information about growing Camellias see our Camellia Growing Guide or any of the excellent resources below:
Camellias Brighten the Winter Landscape- Get It Growing by Dan Gill with LSU Agcenter
Camellia Culture for Home Gardeners- UGA Extension by James T Midcap etal.
These large evergreen shrubs make easy container plants provided they get regular moisture and a good quality, well-draining, acidic potting soil. We prefer well aged, decomposted bark based mixes over peat based mixes and usually add a little extra sand or hadite to ensure good drainage. Container grown Camellias can suffer root damage if the soil is allowed to freeze so you will want to consider protecting them during any extended periods below freezing. They can usually tolerate overnight temperatures that dip as low as 20-25oF for short periods in 8" or larger containers. When grown or overwintered indoors provide them with plenty of cool direct sunlight. Preferably a few hours in the morning, in the late afternoon, or filtered light, like through a pine, is fine as well with high light conditions the remainder of the day whenever possible. For more on growing Camellias as container plants see the following article by Dan Gill with LSU Agcenter: Camellias are Outstanding in Containers.
Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-10'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9
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Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
Indoor Light: Early or late direct sunlight, Cool sunlight, High
pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic
Soil & Moisture: Average moist, humus rich, acidic soils with good drainage and a deep organic mulch.
Fertilizing: Use a balanced, slow release, nonburning fertilizer for acid loving plants.
Pruning: Once the Camellia flowering season has ended in mid-late spring, before buds set in summer.
Salt Tolerance: Slight to Poor
Deer Resistance: Seldom Bothered
Native To / Origin: Japanese Gardens - brought to England circa 1887
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See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions
Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml