Camellia japonica 'Debutante'Item #1704 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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Abundant, large, light pink, peony-style blooms are a delightful contrast to the glossy, dark green leaves. Perfect for milder regions, and one of the earliest to bloom. Mass in foundation plantings or use as an accent in lightly shaded beds or patio containers. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Winter to Early SpringFlower color:PinkDesign 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.Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Forsythia (Forsythia); Fern (Athyrium); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Winter Daphne (Daphne)
- 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; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: winter after flowering.Light Needs:Full shade to 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. Debutante was released in the early 1900's by Gerbings Azalea Nursery, 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.