Julius Nuccio Camellia
Julius Nuccio Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Julius Nuccio' Plant Patent #27,224Item #0932 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
Large whorls of intense crimson red petals surrounding yellow centers form semi-double blooms in late winter. The stunning flowers create a dazzling contrast to the glossy, emerald green foliage on a sturdy, dense, upright shrub. A wonderful flowering evergreen for use in woodland borders, foundation plantings, or as a hedge plant.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to 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; slowly larger with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a juh-PON-ih-kuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:UprightGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide; slowly larger with age.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Late Winter to Early SpringFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design 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 PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Azalea (Azalea); Peony (Paeonia); Japanese Maple (Acer); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
- 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: early spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- History & LoreHistory:'Julius Nuccio' is named in honor of Julius Nuccio, who passed away in early 2016. Julius was one of two brothers that founded Nuccio's Nursery near mid-20th century, which has more than 100 new Camellia varieties to their credit.Lore: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. 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.