• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.
    Key Feature:
    Beautiful Flowering Shrub
    Blooms:
    Winter through Mid-Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Shrub, Camellia
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 12, 14 - 24, 26 - 31
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Winter through Mid-Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasUse in a protected place in the garden, such as an east facing entryway, and be rewarded with handsome evergreen foliage and early season white flowers. Both the blooms and foliage are fine additions to indoor winter cut flower arrangements. Beautiful as a foundation plant, in a container or as part of a Zen tranquility garden.
    Companion PlantsThe beautiful white blooms of Swan Lake pair with a huge assortment of perennials, shrubs and trees. Combine with the lovely purple blooms and foliage of Coral Bells, Astilbe, and Azalea. For those shady beds close to your outdoor patios, create a moonlight garden with white blooming Astilbe, Hydrangea, and Gardenia. Provide some filtered shade with small stature, white blooming trees like Apple Serviceberry, and Redbud.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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. Prune to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.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
    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. Swan Lake was a seedling developed in the late 1950's and introduced by Monrovia in 1969. 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.
    Lore:
    Awarded the Harold Cawood Award by the American Camellia Society in 1999. and again in 2001 for being the best white Camellia.

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