Friday, September 24, 2010


Camellias have glossy, mid- to dark green, toothed leaves and bear short-stalked flowers that bloom during the colder months, many in mid-winter when the plants are semi-dormant. Of the many cultivars, most adopt a formal, upright, shrubby stance, though smaller, bushy, less formal cultivars are becoming increasingly popular. There are a number of flower forms and sizes, and the general color range is white, cream, yellow, and pink to red-purple.

Camellias can be quite frost hardy, but since many are winter- or early spring-blooming, prolonged winters can damage the flowers. Shaded or semi-shaded positions, acid to neutral soils, dry winters, and wet summers suit the majority. A freely draining site and purpose-designed potting mixes are essential for all species. When planting camellias, be mindful that they are long-lived; allow adequate room for their growth. Propagation is by grafting, or from cuttings taken in late summer to winter.

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