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Colonel Firey Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Colonel Firey'

Spectacular, formal, dark red blooms that are very large in size brighten the garden from winter to mid-spring. Flowers make a great contrast with the glossy, dark green foliage. A prized plant for milder regions. Evergreen.
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Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationkuh-MEE-lee-uh juh-PON-ih-kuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, or larger with age.
Bloom TimeWinter through Mid-Spring
Design IdeasThis sharp red camellia deserves a place in high profile foundation plantings or around outdoor living spaces in the backyard. Use it against a bare wall where it has room to grow, spread and bloom properly. Makes a fine plant under large, old shade trees with filtered canopies. May be inserted into sideyards for short range window view or integrated into large shrub beds with other acid loving plants. Does exceptionally well beneath conifers where the acidic litter is most compatible.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Espalier
Light NeedsFiltered sun
Special FeatureNon-toxic to Cats and Dogs
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsGroup this intense red camellia with earlier blooming Sasanqua Camellias and later blooming Ice Angel Camellias. It's a natural with other shade and acid loving plants in a woodland understory like Bleeding Heart, Lungwort, Hydrangea, and Coral Bells.

Provide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. 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 lightly to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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