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Camellia 'Polar Ice'

Polar Ice' Camellia, Cold-Hardy Camellias, Fall Blooming Camellias, Winter Blooming Camellias, Camellia Hybrids, Winter Series Camellias, Early Season Camellias


Gracing the garden in fall and winter, Camellia 'Polar's Ice' is an eye-catching 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 profusely over 4 to 6 weeks in fall (October, November), each flower, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm) consists of 12 snow-white petals surrounding a convex mass of intermingled petaloids (small petals) and golden stamens. Petals are shed individually when blooms are completed, eliminating the need for any deadheading by the gardener. The foliage of leathery, glossy, dark green leaves with crenate to moderately serrate margins is very ornamental.

'Polar's Ice' is an anemone form camellia resulting from a cross between Camellia oleifera (cold hardiness) and Camellia 'Frost Princess' (flower form).

  • This shrub enjoys a moderately vigorous growth, up to 5-6 ft. tall and across (150-180 cm)
  • A part 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. 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
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spacing 60" – 72" (150cm – 180cm)
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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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
Season of Interest Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spacing 60" – 72" (150cm – 180cm)
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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