Imbricata Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Imbricata'

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Imbricata Camellia
Imbricata Camellia
Imbricata Camellia

Deep carmine red, perfectly formed, medium sized flowers are produced in midseason on this old favorite heirloom Camellia. The perfectly arranged petals are sometimes striped with white. Imbricata Camellia is also known as: Imbricata Rubra, Prince Eugene Napoleon, Ladiner's Red, Pope Pius IX, and Rubra Plena. The many common names attest to the popularity of this 1820's introduction from China to England.

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.

Images courtesy of Bobby Green and Green Nurseries, all rights reserved.


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: Chinese Gardens - arrived in England circa 1820

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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

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Debutante Camellia
One of the longest flowering Camellias in our garden beginning early in the season with flowers into late season. Debutante produces frilly double (peony form) medium pink 3-4" wide flowers showing few, if any, yellow anthers. This is an exceptionally vigorous Camellia and is considered by some to be one of the few large flowered Japonicas that can tolerate full sun. Item# 3153 Price: US$14.99

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Royal Velvet Camellia
Royal Velvet produces some of the most beautiful, dark velvety red, perfect form, semi-double flowers in early to mid-season. Certainly one of our favorites among the dark red Japonica Camellias! This Nuccio's Nursery introduction has a compact upright to rounded habit. Item# 10190.
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Black Magic Camellia

Black Magic is sure to cast a spell on anyone gazing upon its deep dark red, wavy petaled, double blossoms. Some flowers may show off the brightly contrasting yellow stamens.The rich green, serrated holly-like foliage adds to this Camellia's beauty and uniqueness. Mid to late season flowering with an upright to spreading growth habit. Item# 10540.

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Black Magic is sure to cast a spell on anyone gazing upon its deep dark red, wavy petaled, double blossoms. Some flowers may show off the brightly contrasting yellow stamens.The rich green, serrated holly-like foliage adds to this Camellia's beauty and uniqueness. Mid to late season flowering with an upright to spreading growth habit. Item# 10540.

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Edna Campbell Variegated Camellia
The deep red, semi-double to peony form blossoms of Edna Campbell Variegated are randomly spotted and splashed with brilliant white. Red new growth and may have variegated foliage with a compact habit. Flowers early to midseason. Item# 10660. Price: US$14.99

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The deep red, semi-double to peony form blossoms of Edna Campbell Variegated are randomly spotted and splashed with brilliant white. Red new growth and may have variegated foliage with a compact habit. Flowers early to midseason. Item# 10660.
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Helen Bower Variegated Camellia
A highly sought after, show winning Camellia whose large, rose form to formal double flowers can range from rosy pink to rich rose red marbled and flecked with white. The plant is vigorous with a broadly spreading to upright habit and beautifully serrated, dark green, glossy foliage. Helen Bower Variegated Camellia flowers from mid-late season. Item# 10847.
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A highly sought after, show winning Camellia whose large, rose form to formal double flowers can range from rosy pink to rich rose red marbled and flecked with white. The plant is vigorous with a broadly spreading to upright habit and beautifully serrated, dark green, glossy foliage. Helen Bower Variegated Camellia flowers from mid-late season. Item# 10847.
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Coral Porterweed
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1/2" salmon pink blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost. The flowers are filled with nectar from before dusk until nearly dark making this a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds alike! Coral Porterweed is a vigorous grower making it a good choice for the back of the border. It is also known as  Pink Porterweed, Orange Porterweed, Pink Snakeweed. Item# 372.
 
Lavender Porterweed
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Nectar-rich, light purple flowers are produced continuously from spring to fall on tall spikes that butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds cannot seem to resist! Lavender Porterweed is a medium to large growing exceptionally full and vigorous Porterweed was once considered to be a purple form of the highly popular Coral Porterweed although we have learned that this is a sterile or nearly sterile hybrid cultivar. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming nearly all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 483
 
White Profusion Butterfly Bush
White, fragrant bloom spikes reaching 16", are held against the green, velvety foliage. Attracts scads of butterflies. Considered by many to be the best white butterfly bush. Item # 735. Price: US$9.99

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White, fragrant bloom spikes reaching 16", are held against the green, velvety foliage. Attracts scads of butterflies. Considered by many to be the best white butterfly bush. Item # 735.
 
Silver Spires White Vitex, Chaste Tree
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Price: US$12.99

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An unusually pure white selection of Vitex. Silver Spires produces medium sized spikes of white flowers that are held against the dark blue-green fragrant foliage. Vitex is a vigorous, disease and deer resistant, drought and salt tolerant large spreading to upright deciduous shrub or small tree. Excellent for Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds. Silver Spires was the top rated white flowered Vitex in trials at Longwood Gardens. Item# 739.

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Lace-Leaf Vitex, Cut-Leaf Vitex
View Beautifully cut medium green deeply cut lacy foliage that is reminiscent of the delicately cut foliage of some Japanese Maples adorns this vigorous 'Chaste Tree'. 6-8" spikes of lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are borne in summer. The Lace-Leaf Vitex is considered by many to be the most hardy of the Chaste Trees.  Item# 787. Price: US$9.99

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Beautifully cut medium green deeply cut lacy foliage that is reminiscent of the delicately cut foliage of some Japanese Maples adorns this vigorous 'Chaste Tree'. 6-8" spikes of lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are borne in summer. The Lace-Leaf Vitex is considered by many to be the most hardy of the Chaste Trees.  Item# 787.