• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; slowly grows larger with age.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Winter Flowers
    Blooms:
    Winter to Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; slowly grows larger with age.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Winter to Early Spring
    Flower color:White
    Design IdeasA must for Asian or woodland garden settings under large, old shade trees with filtered canopies. Plant as a backdrop in mixed beds or as a foundation plant in high visibility areas. Dress up a wall or garage as a shrub or train as an espalier for a formal look.
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Forsythia (Forsythia); Fern (Microlepia); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Winter Daphne (Daphne)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Needs some shelter in harsh winter climates. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Thin to one bud per cluster to increase bloom size. Fertilize and prune to shape after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: winter after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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. Silver Waves originated at Nuccio's Nurseries in Altadena, CA. Red camellias are a symbol of wealth and white Camellias signify loveliness. Silver Waves was a seedling from an unspecified japonica variety and was introduced in 1970 by Nuccio's Nursery of California. Camellias represent longevity and faithfulness and have long been a primary floral component in Asian weddings.

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