Long Blooming Camellias

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Prized for the beauty of their exquisite blooms and their splendid evergreen foliage, Camellias are attractive flowering shrubs that burst into flowers, when the rest of the garden offers little. Blooming prodigiously for weeks, some camellia varieties enjoy an extraordinarily long blooming season extending from November to April in the northern hemisphere or from April to September in the southern hemisphere.

Most of these camellia varieties belong to the Camellia japonica species, which 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. They range in color from pure white to soft pink to dark red and may be single, semi-double, double, formal double or full peony form. These broadleaved evergreen shrubs enjoy a shapely habit and handsome glossy foliage.

The Camellia hybrids such as the Camellia x williamsii varieties include also long-blooming cultivars. Generally blooming after the Japanese camellias, these hybrids are generally extremely vigorous, free-blooming, with attractive, semi-glossy, leathery leaves. Graceful shrubs, they drop their spent heads with elegance (no deadheading required!), leaving a tidy bush.

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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 7 – 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, Mid)
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, Hedges and Screens, 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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