• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
    Key Feature:
    Winter Flowering
    Winter to early spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
    Special features:Deer Resistant
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Winter to early spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasSpring's Promise deserves front yard stature or position it at special points around your 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. Well adapted to the acidic soils beneath oaks, conifer and maples as well as mixed groves. Can be trained as an espalier to soften retaining and privacy walls.
    Companion PlantsWith the cold hardiness zone dipping down to a Zone 6 for this plant, pair with other colder weather, woodland plants like Blue Holly, Fumewort, Rodgersia, Lenton Rose, Lily of the Valley, Snowberry and Beautyberry. Provide filtered sun with smaller canopy trees such as Cherry, Dogwood, Japanese Maple and Magnolia.
  • 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
    Camellias are native to eastern and southern Asia. C. japonica was imported into the Philippines but is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The genus Camellia 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. Spring's Promise, a hybrid of Camellia japonica 'Berenice Boddy' and Camellia japonica 'Kumasaka', was the work of Camellia Forest Nursery of Chapel Hill, NC where they set out to develop a cold hardy cultivar that can be grown to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.