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Camellia 'Winter's Star'

Winter's Star' Camellia, Cold-Hardy Camellias, Fall Blooming Camellias, Winter Blooming Camellias, Camellia Hybrids, Winter Series Camellias, Early Season Camellias


Noted for its unique cold hardiness, its showy flowers and the quality of its foliage, Camellia 'Winter's Star' is a lovely early season camellia from the U.S. National Arboretum Collection. Tough and reliable, this evergreen camellia can be successfully grown in regions as cold as USDA Zone 6b. Blooming in the fall over 4 to 6 weeks (October - November), each single flower, 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), consists of 6 violet-pink petals surrounding a center boss of bushy golden stamens. Petals are shed individually when blooms are completed, eliminating the need for any deadheading by the gardener. The foliage of leathery, slightly glossy, dark green leaves is very ornamental. 

'Winter's Star' is a hybrid camellia resulting from a cross between Camellia oleifera (cold hardiness) and Camellia hiemalis 'Showa-no-sakae' (flower form).

  • This shrub enjoys an upright habit and grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) with a slightly larger spread of 5-7 ft. (150-210 cm)
  • A part shade to full shade lover, this plant is best grown in consistently moist, acidic, organically richwell-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 or as screen and hedge. 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 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 Type Shrubs
Plant Family Camellias
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 5' – 7' (150cm – 210cm)
Spacing 60" – 84" (150cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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Images: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

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.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 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 Type Shrubs
Plant Family Camellias
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 5' – 7' (150cm – 210cm)
Spacing 60" – 84" (150cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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