Nuccio's Pearl Camellia
Nuccio's Pearl Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Pearl'Item #1884 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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Spectacular, fully double blooms with pure white petals edged with an orchid pink blush. Flowers make a dazzling contrast against the glossy, dark green foliage. Adds an elegant, formal appearance to any garden. A mid-season bloomer. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.Special features:Pet FriendlyFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:WinterFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasUse in a protected place in the garden, such as an east facing entryway, and be rewarded with handsome evergreen foliage and elegant winter blooms. Both the blooms and foliage are fine additions to indoor winter cut flower arrangements. Dress up a wall or garage as a shrub or train as an espalier for a formal look. Beautiful as a foundation plant, in a container or as part of a Zen tranquility garden.Companion PlantsThe outstanding, formal blooms on this Camellia pair best with other garden classics such as Boxwood hedges, Juniper topiaries from Monrovia's Italianate Collection, as well as fragrant Gardenias. To stay true to its Asian heritage, plant with Hydrangea, Azalea, Heavenly Bamboo, Japanese Maple, Dogwood and Lily of the Valley.
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.Pruning time: winter 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. 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. Nuccio's Pearl was a chance seedling that originated at Nuccio's Nurseries in Altadena, California in 1973. 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.