Camellias - So much more than a good "cupa"! We have a category in our plant database where we enter the uses for a particular plant species - there was only one word to put under Camellias and that was Versatile. In our opinion there is no other evergreen shrub that will reward the gardener as much as the undemanding yet top performing Camellia.
There are definite cultural requirements to guarantee top performance, however Camellias are remarkably tolerant and adaptable. They are invaluable for hedging, screening, background planting, container planting and as one-off stunning specimens. They trim well, transplant easily, and can provide flowers from as early as March through to November. Many have a delicate fragrance - especially species Camellias.
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When choosing a Camellia be aware that the word miniature usually describes the leaf and flower size rather than the size of the plant. However no need to worry about size really as on average most Camellias only grow to aproximately 2m. If you want your plant to stay under 2m then just give it a trim immediately after flowering. The flower colour ranges from white to pink and red with many wondrous variations on this theme. Flowers can be exquisitely simple and single to full, frilly, blowsy numbers. Whatever tickles your fancy.
Camellias are hapiest in what is described as acid soil. This usually means soil that does not have too much clay content. They like a nice peaty soil that drains well. You can work some peat into your soil if you feel it has a bit too much clay. The roots are fibrous (this means they dont have a long tap root) and near the surface so it is important to keep them cool in the heat of summer with a layer of mulch such as bark or compost.
If at all possible plant with protection from the afternoon sun. You can buy a specialized acid fertilizer to feed your Camellias which will assist them to stay healthy and keep the foliage the deep glossy green that we all love. Fertilizing is usually done in early autumn. Warning: remember when aplying fertilizer, less is always better than more i.e. follow the instructions.
If you are looking for early autumn flowering species, then as a general rule choose C. sasanqua (sa-sang-kwa) as they are usually the first to flower in March followed by C. japonica and C. reticulata. Camellia hybrids, and there are thousands of them, generally flower from May through to October. All are evergreen i.e. keep their leaves all year round.
If you are feeling a bit tired from thinking about all this gardening put your feet up and make a nice cupa knowing that it has been brewed from the leaves of the lovely Camellia sinensis. Camellias, good for your body, good for your soul.
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Hybrid. Fabulously fragrant, pale-pink, fading to white, blooms that have a full and ruffled form. Vigorous growth habit. A lovely Camellia raised in NZ by Jim Finlay. Plant in semi-shade in a position to take advantage of the perfume. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Hiemalis. Semi-double blooms of bright cerise with a slightly paler center appear in abundance throughout autumn. A shrub in full bloom simply glows with colour. Easy to grow. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2 x 1.5m
Blooms are glossy salmon red, large and semi-double with distinctive creped petals. Medium compact upright growth with distinctive serrated foliage not unlike holly leaves hence the name. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade. Japonica, evergreen.
Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Hybid Miniature. This little sweetie was bred right here in NZ by Felix Jury. The softest pink flowers appear from mid winter onwards. Very dainty and pretty with the added bonus of a delightful fragrance. Useful for containers as slow growing. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 50cm
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Hybrid. Striking, deep glowing red, semi-double blooms stand out well against the dark glossy green foliage. Invaluable for making a strong statement in any planting scheme. Happiest planted in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Sasanqua. An oldie but a goodie, this award winning Camellia has pretty double blooms of soft shell pink set against dark green foliage. Suitable for hedging or espalier work. Generous with bloom in autumn and easy to grow. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Sasanqua. Soft warm pink semi-double to peony flowers, with wavy petals and dark green glossy foliage. Dense compact habit with vigorous upright growth. Excellent as a specimen plant and ideal for screens, hedging, large containers and espaliers. Early flowering in autumn and winter. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
This newby has large, rose form blooms that are a deep pink with yellow stamens standing proud of the open flower. It has a medium, upright growth habit and is certainly worthy of a space in the planting scheme. Happiest with morning sun or part shade. Hybrid. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Hybrid. The deliciously creamy flowers of this Camellia look good enough to eat with your pudding! Vigorous and profuse flowering from early autumn through to spring. Very showy, and well worth planting. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen. Bred in NZ.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Hybrid. The deliciously creamy flowers of this Camellia look good enough to eat with your pudding! Vigorous and profuse flowering from early autumn through to spring. Very showy, and well worth planting. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std