Camellias - So much more than a good "cupa"! We have a category in our plant database where we enter the uses for a particular plant species - there was only one word to put under Camellias and that was Versatile. In our opinion there is no other evergreen shrub that will reward the gardener as much as the undemanding yet top performing Camellia.
There are definite cultural requirements to guarantee top performance, however Camellias are remarkably tolerant and adaptable. They are invaluable for hedging, screening, background planting, container planting and as one-off stunning specimens. They trim well, transplant easily, and can provide flowers from as early as March through to November. Many have a delicate fragrance - especially species Camellias.
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When choosing a Camellia be aware that the word miniature usually describes the leaf and flower size rather than the size of the plant. However no need to worry about size really as on average most Camellias only grow to aproximately 2m. If you want your plant to stay under 2m then just give it a trim immediately after flowering. The flower colour ranges from white to pink and red with many wondrous variations on this theme. Flowers can be exquisitely simple and single to full, frilly, blowsy numbers. Whatever tickles your fancy.
Camellias are hapiest in what is described as acid soil. This usually means soil that does not have too much clay content. They like a nice peaty soil that drains well. You can work some peat into your soil if you feel it has a bit too much clay. The roots are fibrous (this means they dont have a long tap root) and near the surface so it is important to keep them cool in the heat of summer with a layer of mulch such as bark or compost.
If at all possible plant with protection from the afternoon sun. You can buy a specialized acid fertilizer to feed your Camellias which will assist them to stay healthy and keep the foliage the deep glossy green that we all love. Fertilizing is usually done in early autumn. Warning: remember when aplying fertilizer, less is always better than more i.e. follow the instructions.
If you are looking for early autumn flowering species, then as a general rule choose C. sasanqua (sa-sang-kwa) as they are usually the first to flower in March followed by C. japonica and C. reticulata. Camellia hybrids, and there are thousands of them, generally flower from May through to October. All are evergreen i.e. keep their leaves all year round.
If you are feeling a bit tired from thinking about all this gardening put your feet up and make a nice cupa knowing that it has been brewed from the leaves of the lovely Camellia sinensis. Camellias, good for your body, good for your soul.
Japonica. A very showy Camellia with striking peony type blooms. The creamy white petals are all edged lightly in rose pink. Quite outstanding in full bloom from mid winter through to mid spring. Good strong grower. Happiest in part shade. Multi Award Winner. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Japonica. This Camellia has large, wine-red semi-double lose blooms with golden stamens and narrow petals. Quite unusual. The flowers last well so make for an excellent garden display. Vigorous upright growth habit. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Japonica. One of our favourites 'cause most blokes love the strong maroon red colour of the showy large blooms. These are offset beautifully with distinctive golden stamens. A vigorous, upright plant that looks stunning in full bloom. Happiest in semi-shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown / Gold Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m
Japonica. Do you want to see red? If so then this delicious Camellia is the one for you. Black-red buds open to crimson, large, semi-double blooms with gorgeous golden stamens. Glossy dark foliage. Happiest in semi-shade in the garden or a favourite container. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Black Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Sasanqua. One of the reddest sasanqua camellias around. Velvety red, slightly ruffled petals form semi double flowers with golden yellow stamens. Deeper shade of red than Yuletide. Prefers part sun to maintain dark red colour. Great for hedging, early flowering. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Hybrid. This much loved has beautiful, palest pink, semi-double blooms with golden anthers that are of a high quality and hold well. Starts flowering late autumn and carries on through to mid spring. Happiest in semi-shade. Bred in NZ by Mrs Durrant. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Japonica. Bred in California at the famous Nuccio's nursery this unusual Camellia has white flowers that are flushed irregularly with orchid pink. Large showy blooms from winter to spring. Bushy compact habit. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Japonica. Upright evergreen of medium growth. Flowers medium to large semi-double, anemone or peony form, blush pink. Central cluster of stamens mixed with petaloids sometimes becomes a full rosette. A slight scent can be detected by some people. Height 3m.
Sasanqua. This is a really good looking Camellia with fine narrow dark green foliage that looks good all year round. In very early autumn the bush is covered in tight buds that open to pretty semi-double flowers that are white blushed with rose pink on the edges. Will tolerate sun or shade. Evergreen. PVR CML013.
This Camellia is a great screen or hedging plant. Clips well and always looks good. Remarkably tolerant but will do best in semi-shade with nicely mulched roots. I have 2 of these on different sides of the property and both flower extremely well.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
Sasanqua. Paradise Hilda is a tall variety growing to a height of about 3metres with a vigorous habit making them ideal for a hedge or a screen. A beautiful way to fill the autumn garden with flowers. Produces medium-size mid pink flowers in the form of an open peony.
Hilda flowers early in the season and continues flowering for a long time. Quick growing variety.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Sasanqua. Flowers in absolute profusion over a long period. The blooms are quite large, semi-double and open white from pink buds. Upright compact growth habit. A terrific hedge plant or garden specimen. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Japonica. What a beautiful Camellia this is with gorgeous rich red, formal, double blooms that will really brighten up the garden in winter. Glossy green foliage with red tips on new growth. Best in semi-shade but is reasonably tolerant of heat. Quite slow growing. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Red just doesn't get any better than this! Royal Velvet camellia produces an abundance of dark velvet red semi-double flowers in late winter through mid spring. Royal Velvet camellia is useful as an evergreen hedge or screen. It canbe "limbed up" to form an attractive, small, evergreen tree or is perfect for use as espalier.
Sasanqua. One of NZ's favourite Camellias and deservedly so. An abundance of large wavy white blooms with prominent yellow stamens appear in early autumn through to early winter. The blooms are softly scented. Ideal for hedging.Happiest in semi-shade. Evergreen.
This beautiful Camellia is definitely one of my favourites. Introduced from Japan in 1898 so a proven winner! Translation of the name means Snow, Moon and Flowers - isn't that just lovely? Fantastic hedge plant - grows quite quickly.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
Sasanqua. Beautiful, pure white ruffled double flowers that are of a medium size. The flowers appear in autumn and early winter. An excellent choice for hedging or espalier. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Sasanqua. This a cheerful little Camellia that just smothers itself in bright red single flowers from winter through to spring. The flowers are offset with prominent gold stamens. Slow growing with a compact habit. Ideal for containers, hedging or brightening up a dull corner of the garden. Evergreen.
'Yuletide' can be grown in morning sun or part shade.
Colour: Red / Gold Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
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