Pearl Maxwell Camellia
Pearl Maxwell Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Pearl Maxwell'Item #1889 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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Spectacular, soft, shell pink, formal double blooms in mid- to late winter. Flowers create a dazzling contrast against the glossy, dark green foliage. A prized plant of the milder regions of the U.S. 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:Winter to Early SpringFlower color:PinkDesign IdeasPlant in mass in a woodland setting for best effect at a distance. Works wonderful in an Asian design or up close to your outdoor living area in beds, containers or foundation plantings. Can be trained as an espalier to soften retaining and privacy walls.Companion PlantsPair this beautiful, double bloomer with low growing, big leafed varieties of Hosta, Coral Bells, and Hydrangea. Provide filtered sun with smaller canopy trees such as Cherry, Dogwood and Magnolia. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Bamboo and fragrant Gardenia.
- 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. 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. Pearl Maxwell is a seedling of Enrico Bettoni Camellia. The plant originator was C.O. Maxwell of Reno, GA. 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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