• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Winter Flowers
    Blooms:
    Early to Late Winter
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a
    Plant type:Camellia, Tree, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Early to Late Winter
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasBe sure to keep this beauty in viewing distance in patio beds, containers or decorating the foundation plantings around your house for real show stopping color in the winter months. 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.
    Companion PlantsPlant close to your outdoor living area with Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Iris. In a more natural woodland setting, combine with the airy foliage of Astilbe, Heavenly Bamboo and Lily of the Valley. Early blooming deciduous trees like Cherry and Dogwood offer the needed filtered shade and ground hugging perennials such as Anemone, Coral Bells, and Clematis offer interest and color throughout all layers of the garden.
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter 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. The genus 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. Coral Delight is classified as a C. williamsii variety which is a cross of C. japonica and C. saluenensis. Coral Delight' parentage includes C. japonica 'Dr. Tinsley' and C. saluenensis, and originated at Kramer Bros. Nursery in Upland, CA. Camellias represent longevity and faithfulness and have long been a primary floral component in Asian weddings.

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