Camellia x 'Buttermint'Item #1468 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
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Beautiful, pale, buttery yellow, semi-double, slightly fragrant flowers adorn this plant in late winter to early spring. This fast grower is perfect for brightening up a shady woodland garden. Its glossy, dark green leaves and fragrant, ruffled flowers are plentiful enough to cut and bring indoors. Mid to late season bloomer. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-aDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing 6 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Winter to early springFlower color:YellowGarden styleCottageDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- History & LoreHistory: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.