Camellia

Camellia

Camellia at the nursery - Enlarge

bell capital private wealth managers, bell capital ltd private wealth managers, bell capital private wealth managers south africa, bell capital shenzhen

Uses Shrubs, possible hedge, specimen plant, accent plant
Common Names Common Camellia
Scientific Name Camellia japonica
Cold Hardiness Very cold hardy for Orlando
Light Needs Tolerates partial sun
Flower Color Various, whites, pinks, reds
Blooms Winter & Spring
Water Needs Adequate water needed, buds will drop when dry
Leaves Dark green
Life – A/P length Perennial
Mature Height 15 feet
Growth Rate Slow

Beautiful camellias have been a favorite in Southern gardens for 200 years. This versatile ornamental adds color and grace to Orlando homes.

Camellias are evergreen shrubs. The many varieties suitable for growing in the Florida climate differ in shape from low and dense to open and upright. Some cultivars are trained into small decorative trees with slightly twisted trunks and flat canopies or rounded crowns. The foliage is very dark green and glossy. The flowers appear mid-season, typically beginning in November and persisting until January or February. The single or double blossoms resemble flattened roses or peonies and are available in colors ranging from pure white to deep crimson. Some hybrids bloom in variegated colors.

Camellias prefer slightly acidic soils that are rich in organic matter. It may be necessary to amend your soil before planting. Choose an area that drains properly, as camellias will not tolerate standing water. Irrigate plants deeply every 10 to 12 days during periods of prolonged drought. Camellias do best in sheltered locations out of direct afternoon sun. Plants in very sunny spots may show slightly yellowed foliage but produce more flowers.

Camellias have many uses in the home landscape. Cultivate tree-like varieties as accent or foundation plants. Shrubs look best in mass plantings, and can be used with great success to fill flowerbeds or to create lovely, blooming hedges.

Share

  • Give us a plus