Kramer's Supreme Camellia
Kramer's Supreme Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme'Item #1812 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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Deep red buds open to magnificent peony-like, rosy-red flowers with a delightful fragrance. The mid-season blooms create a dazzling contrast against the glossy, dark green foliage, brightening lightly shaded settings. Stunning in woodland borders and foundation plantings, or as a hedge. An old favorite for milder regions of the U.S. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; slowly grows larger with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; slowly grows larger with age.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:WinterFlower color:RedDesign IdeasA must for Asian or woodland garden settings under large, old shade trees with filtered canopies. Plant as a backdrop in mixed beds or as a foundation plant in high visibility areas. Dress up a wall or garage as a shrub or train as an espalier for a formal look.Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Forsythia (Forsythia); Fern (Microlepia); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Winter Daphne (Daphne)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Shelter in harsh winter climates. 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: late winter to early spring, 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. Kramer's Supreme originated in Upland, CA at Kramer Bros. Nursery. 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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