Tom Knudsen Camellia
Tom Knudsen Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Tom Knudsen'Item #2004 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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Spectacular, dark red, formal blooms are accented by deep red veining. Flowers make a dazzling contrast with the glossy, dark green foliage. A prized plant for milder regions. Early to mid season bloomer. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Fall through winter.Flower color:RedDesign IdeasBe sure to keep this beauty in viewing distance in patio beds, containers or decorating the foundation plantings around your house. Great as an espalier to cover walls. If set back in a woodland setting, plant in mass and complement with low growing perennials. A wonderful specimen in Asian gardens and believed to bring wealth if planted at the entrance to your home, as are other red flowering plants.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 Azalea, Heavenly Bamboo, Japanese Maple, Fern, Dogwood and Rhododendron. For those shady beds close to your outdoor patios, create a patriotic garden with this beautiful red Camellia by adding white and blue blooming plants such as Astilbe, Hydrangea, Flax Lily and Clematis.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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: winter after flowering.Light Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- 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. Tom Knudsen was a chance seedling found in 1956 by Frank Maitland of Sylmar, CA. 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.