Camellia plants are dense evergreen shrubs with beautiful foliage and blooming flowers that last from fall through early spring. Winter blooming camellias will open up when most other plants are preparing for dormancy which is what makes them unique.
Camellia leaves will stay glossy and green all year long. Their evergreen foliage will outshine other winter plants and contrasts the flower buds nicely. They are one of our top picks for winter interest plants.
Perfect Plants is proud to offer 3 types of camellia varieties for you to choose from - Pink Perfection Camellia, Shi Shi Gashira Camellia, and Yuletide Camellia. The perfect selection for the South!
The camellia bloom time is from late fall through early spring. The camellia variety, planting location, and local weather will determine the exact timeframe the blooming camellia will open up. Camellia blooming season is one of our favorite times of the year.
With easy care and minimal maintenance, it's not hard to see why camellia bushes are loved by many gardeners all over the world.
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Camellia Plant Care
How to Grow Camellias
Camellias prefer a planting site with partial sun to partial shade. Protection from the afternoon full sun is essential to aid in flower production during winter. Camellia soil should be well draining and they do prefer it slightly acidic. An annual application of fertilizer is not required but does help with root development, branch growth, and flowering. You can grow small camellias in pots or containers if you are limited on space.
When to Plant Camellias
The best time of the year to plant camellias is in spring or early fall. You will want plenty of time for the evergreen shrubs to establish their roots before winter so they can bloom their beautiful flowers.
How to Plant Camellias
Once your shrub is delivered, we recommend taking it out of the box ASAP. Give it a thorough watering and loosen the root ball. Dig a hole the size of the root ball and gently place the plant into the planting hole. Backfill with native soil or amended soil. Water the plant well for the first month or two of planting to help establish a strong root system. A thick layer of mulch will help to retain moisture.
Where to Plant Camellias
The camellia growing zones range based on the variety. Most are okay to grow in USDA hardiness zones 7-10. However, there are some zoned for even colder growing locations.
How Fast do Camellias Grow
The camellia growth rate is slow to moderate. Camellia plants can grow from 6 inches to 1 foot per year. Fertilizing will help to promote root and foliage growth. The camellia size depends on the variety but our plants are all dwarf camellia varieties that won't grow more than 10 feet tall.
See our How to Prune a Camellia Bush blog for more information on how and when to prune camellias. They can even be pruned into a small camellia tree if desired!
When to Fertilize Camellias
Camellia fertilizer should be applied in early spring through summer during the active growing seasons.
Do Deer Eat Camellias?
Deer do not specifically seek our camellias for a mid day snack. They have other high foliage shrubs they prefer. That being said, if the deer is hungry enough and there are no other vegetative shrubs in the area, the deer may get into your camellia shrubs.