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.
CAMELLIA DEBUTANTE CARE
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!