• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide. Larger with age.
    Key Feature:
    Winter Flowering
    Fall through mid-spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide. Larger with age.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Fall through mid-spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasSuch glorious blossoms should be reserved as a high profile focal point for close range at entries and for viewing through picture windows. Makes a superior foundation cover-up that cloaks featureless walls on more sun-challenged exposures. Deserves front yard stature or position at special points around patio or terrace. Beautiful evergreen foliage makes a fine informal hedge, screen or dark background for bright blooming beds and borders. Brings glossy foliage and elegance into dull woodland settings under big old shade trees. Super adapted to the acidic soils beneath oaks, conifer and maples as well as mixed groves.
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Forsythia (Forsythia); Fern (Athyrium); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Winter Daphne (Daphne)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    A hybrid of two japonica varieties Camellia japonica 'Berenice Boddy' and Camellia japonica 'Dr. Tinsley'. Selected at Camellia Forest Nursery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This fast growing very cold hardy cultivar can be dependably grown to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.