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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.
The leaves on a camellia plant will stay glossy and green all year long. Their evergreen foliage will outshine other winter plants and contrast the flower buds nicely. They are one of our top picks for winter interest plants.
Perfect Plants is proud to offer 6 types of camellia varieties for you to choose from, including Pink Perfection Camellia, Shi Shi Gashira Camellia, and Yuletide Camellia. The perfect selection for the South!
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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When Do Camellias Bloom?
Camellias feature over 260 species, some of which bloom as early as October. Other species of camellia plants will flower in December or January and enjoy their colors through April, depending on the variety.
Usually, 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.
How Long Do Camellias Live?
Camellia bushes can live up to 100 to 200 years, although the oldest living camellia, planted in 1347, can be found in China's Panlong Monastery. Wow!
What Colors Do Camellias Come In?
Camellia blooms come in many colors including shades of pink, red, and white.
Camellia Plant Care
When to Prune Camellias
Try to prune your camellia plants at the end of spring. Trim the branches in May or June so that the sunlight can properly reach the interior of the camellia shrub. 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. Most of the time, fertilizing your camellia plants twice is enough; once early in the spring growing season and a second time at the end of summer.
Do Camellias Like Full Sun?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Plant Camellias
Once your flowering 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.
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.
Are Camellias Perennial or Annual?
Camellia plants are considered perennial evergreens. This means that camellias will live more than just two years, and their growth cycle will continue with the seasons. Since they’re also evergreens, camellia plants can also endure the winter seasons, so your shrubs won’t disappear as soon as winter rolls around.
Are Camellias Poisonous to Dogs?
Neither the camellia leaves nor the camellia flowers are toxic to dogs, cats, or any other household pets. Camellia shrubs are neither dangerous to animals or at all animal resistant, so you can feel secure bringing your pet out around camellia hedges.
Do Deer Eat Camellias?
Deer do not specifically seek our camellias for a midday 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.
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