Debutante Camellia

Debutante Camellia

  • Perfectly pink double flowers

  • Early to mid winter bloomer

  • Glossy evergreen leaves all year

Regular price $69.99 Sale price $62.99 10% off

  • Low stock - 7 items left
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 1-2 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Blooming during the early to mid winter season, the pale pink fully loaded flowers on the Debutante Camellia plant will begin to open up to signal spring is right around the corner!

Camellia Japonica ‘Debutante’ is sure to turn some heads if you plant it where it can be seen and enjoyed. With glossy green leaves that are evergreen and will stay vibrant on the bush all year long and a bright pink flower color, this flowering shrub emits a classy vibe that can’t be compared. The light pink camellia flowers are large, up to 3-4 inches wide, and resemble peonies or roses with double ruffled edges and no visible center stamens.

Camellia Japonica thrives when planted in woodland gardens in partial shade as an understory tree, looks great spaced as a hedge or evergreen shrub borders to provide privacy, in foundation plantings, zen or Asian gardens, or can be planted in containers for smaller planting sites or colder areas where it is not winter hardy. Wherever you decide to grow your new Debutante Camellia shrub, be sure to give it enough room to grow and show off its beautiful winter flowers for all to see.


Camellias love moist, acidic soil so check out our slightly Acidic Potting Mix to help amend the soil at your planting site. They are very adaptable to most planting locations but rich, well drained soil is best. Camellias don’t like wet feet. Debutante Camellia can tolerate full sun to partial shade and can be grown across the United States in USDA zones 7-10. It loves morning sun and afternoon shade to protect it from the hot heat. Water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Apply a layer of mulch annually to help retain moisture and protect the roots.

When to Fertilize Camellia Japonica

The best time to fertilize camellias is in mid to late spring after the threat of frost. Apply a slow-release fertilizer annually to help promote new growth and pink blooms that come back year after year. Camellias are acid loving plants and benefit from regular fertilization. Camellia bushes do have a slow to moderate growth rate and fertilizer is applied to help them grow quicker.

How to Prune Camellia Japonica

As a general rule of thumb, camellias should be pruned after they finish flowering. For Camellia Japonica bush, the best time to prune is in late spring or early summer to allow for the growth of new buds and foliage until the next prolific bloom season. The mature size of the camellia shrub is up to 6-8 feet tall and wide and it forms as a bushy shrub or small tree. The size at maturity will be dependent on pruning techniques and how often it is done. You can trim your camellia to any desired size and shape you’d like or let it grow to its natural structure.

Most camellia varieties are easy to grow and drought tolerant once established.

Shop the Debutante Camellia for sale and visit our Camellia Pruning Guide for more information on pruning!

Shipping information

Once your Debutante Camellia order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nursery

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

Ask a question

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Botanical Name
Camellia Japonica 'Debutante'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Mature Width
6-8 ft

Mature Height
6-8 ft

Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10

Recently viewed