Bob Hope Camellia
Bob Hope Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Bob Hope'Item #1610 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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Large, deep red, semi-double flowers with yellow stamens and beautiful ruffled petals adorn glossy, dark green foliage. A prized camellia for milder regions. Mid-season bloomer. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:WinterFlower 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 PlantsPlant close to your outdoor living area with Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Iris. In a more natural woodland setting, combine with the airy foliage of Bamboo, 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 Fumewort, Coral Bells, and Clematis offer interest and color throughout all layers of the garden.
- CareCare InformationProvide 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.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- 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. Introduced by Nuccio's Nurseries of Altadens, California in 1972. Its parentage is unknown. 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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