Debutante Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Debutante'

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Debutante Camellia
Debutante Camellia
Debutante Camellia
Debutante Camellia
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.

Debutante Camellia almost always has perfect pink flowers to pick for the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and sometimes even Easter. Debutante is shown at the rear middle of the pictured bouquet along with White By the Gate, the single white and fragrant French Vanilla at lower right, the small red-purple flowers are Purple Haze Sasanqua, and the sprig of yellow and orange fall foliage is from a Waterfall Japanese Maple.

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 ourCamellia Growing Guideor 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

Deer Resistance: Seldom Normally Bothered

Native To / Origin: US - Magnolia Gardens, early 1900's

Click here to learn more about how to grow Debutante Camellia from Almost Eden

See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions

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