• 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:
    Showy Flowers
    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 IdeasPlant in mass in a woodland setting for best effect at a distance. Works wonderful in an Asian design or up close to your outdoor living area in beds, containers or foundation plantings. Can be trained as an espalier to soften retaining and privacy walls.
    Companion PlantsPair this beautiful, double bloomer with low growing, big leafed varieties of Hosta, Coral Bells, and Hydrangea. Provide filtered sun with smaller canopy trees such as Cherry, Dogwood and Magnolia. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Bamboo and fragrant Gardenia.
  • 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. Pearl Maxwell is a seedling of Enrico Bettoni Camellia. The plant originator was C.O. Maxwell of Reno, GA. 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.