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Julius Nuccio Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Julius Nuccio' PP #27,224

Pronunciation: kuh-MEE-lee-uh juh-PON-ih-kuh
SKU #00932
8-10

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OVERVIEW
Description Large whorls of intense crimson red petals surrounding yellow centers form semi-double blooms in late winter. The stunning flowers create a dazzling contrast to the glossy, emerald green foliage on a sturdy, dense, upright shrub. A wonderful flowering evergreen for use in woodland borders, foundation plantings, or as a hedge plant.
Light Filtered sun, Partial shade
Watering Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Late Winter to Early Spring
Mature Size Moderate growing, to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; slowly larger with age.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Design Ideas Be 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.
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Dark Green
Companion Plants Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Azalea (Azalea); Peony (Paeonia); Japanese Maple (Acer); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
CARE
Care 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. Feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.
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. 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.

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