Camellia

Camellia japonica 'Elegans'

Camellia - Camellia japonica  'Elegans'

Common Name: Camellia
Genus: Camellia
Species: japonica
Cultivar: 'Elegans'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.50 m (350 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A spreading evergreen shrub with anemone-form deep rose-pink flowers from mid- to late spring and glossy leathery leaves. It's ideal for a mixed or spring border  and the foliage provides an excellent foil for early perennials. Where the soil is unsuitable or spring frosts are very severe plants can be grown in large containers of ericaceous compost and brought indoors when necessary.

  • Garden care: To prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers protect from cold dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. After flowering lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the appearance of the plant. 



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