Winter Blooming Camellias

Winter Blooming Camellias, How to Grow Camellias, How to Care for Camellias, Landscaping with Camellias

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What a treat to find evergreen shrubs that flower during the dull days of winter. Queens of the winter flowers, Camellias are attractive evergreen shrubs that are highly prized for the beauty of their exquisite blooms, their splendid evergreen foliage and their compact shapely habit. Bursting into flower for weeks when the rest of the garden offers little, Camellias are ranked as one of the very best flowering shrubs.

  • Following the fall-blooming camellia sasanquas, most of these winter bloomers are Japanese camellias (Camellia japonica). This pre-eminent species of the genus counts over 30 000 cultivars in a wide array of flower forms and colors. The blooms can reach 5 in. across (12 cm) and create a gorgeous floral display from late winter to spring. Slow grower, these broadleaved, evergreen shrubs enjoy a shapely habit and a handsome, glossy foliage.
  • Generally blooming after the Japanese camellias, Camellia hybrids such as the Camellia x williamsii varieties include particularly attractive winter blooming cultivars. These hybrids result from the cross of Camellia japonica and Camellia saluenensis. Among the most cold-hardy camellias, most of them are extremely vigorous, free-blooming, with attractive, semi-glossy, leathery leaves. Graceful shrubs, they tolerate low light intensity and bloom over a long season, providing a spectacular show. They enjoy a wide range of habits, from dwarf to large and spreading.

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant TypeShrubs
Plant FamilyCamellias
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeClay, Loam, Sand
Soil PHAcid, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
CharacteristicsCut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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