A breathtaking beauty, Camellia 'Winter's Rose' is a miniature early season camellia from the U.S. National Arboretum Collection. Considered as one of the hardiest camellias, this evergreen camellia can be successfully grown in regions as cold as USDA Zone 6b. Blooming profusely over 4 to 6 weeks in the fall (October, November), each flower, about 2 in. across (5 cm), consists of several rows of overlapping shell-pink petals (28), opening to reveal golden stamens in their concave center. Petals are shed individually when blooms are completed, eliminating the need for any deadheading by the gardener. The foliage of small, glossy, dark green leaves is very ornamental. Perfect for small gardens!
'Winter's Rose' is a rose form double camellia resulting from a cross between Camellia oleifera (cold hardiness) and Camellia hiemalis 'Otome' (flower form).
- This shrub enjoys a very slow growth rate (a few inches per year), reaching 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm)
- A part shade lover, this plant is best grown in consistently moist, acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Provide a site sheltered from cold, dry winds as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds. Protect from early morning sun and from direct hot summer afternoon sun.
- Camellias are susceptible to some viruses and fungal diseases including leaf spots, anthracnose, black mold, petal blight, canker and root rot. Watch also for aphids, planthoppers and spider mites.
- Mass in mixed shrub borders for dramatic winter blooms. Great flowering shrub for woodland gardens. Perfect as a specimen plant and may be effectively grown in tubs or large containers.
- Apply a root mulch (leaves or shredded bark)
- Prune after flowering. Prune to thin branching and to control size and shape.