Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Filtered sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing 6 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Showy Flowers
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Winter to early spring
Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a
Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing 6 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Winter to early spring
Flower color:Yellow
Garden styleCottage
Design IdeasBe sure to keep this beauty in viewing distance in patio beds, containers or decorating the foundation plantings around your house. Great as an espalier to cover walls. If set back in a woodland setting, plant in mass and complement with low growing perennials. A wonderful specimen in Asian gardens.
Companion PlantsThe beautiful, pale yellow blooms on this Camellia contrasts well with blue and purple blooming plants. Pair with low growing, shade loving woodland perennials like Hosta, Fumewort, Astilbe, Iris, Flax Lily, Carpet Bugle and Viola. As a specimen or mass planting in an Asian Garden, go for the airy foliage of Heavenly Bamboo and Azalea as well as the interesting form and structure of Cherry and Japanese Maple.
Care Information
Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Requires less water once established. Prune to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Filtered sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
History:
Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia. The genus was named by Carolus Linnaeus who named it for a Jesuit missionary Georg Kamel, who cultivated an important garden of local medicinal plants on the Philippine Island of Luzon in the 17th century. Buttermint is a hybid of C. kissi which is native to India, Nepal, Burma and Southern China and originated at Nuccio's Nurseries in Altadena, CA. Red camellias are a symbol of wealth and white Camellias signify loveliness. Camellias represent longevity and faithfulness and have long been a primary floral component in Asian weddings.