Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’

The range of camellias is infinite, with many species and hybrids to choose from, some with single flowers, others with semi-double or double flowers. Camellia japonica is the parent of many wonderful hybrids in a colour range of pink, red and white, nearly all suitable for pot growing. ‘Adolphe Audusson’ is deservedly one of the most famous, with dark green, glossy leaves and very large, semi-double, blood-red flowers with gold stamens coming into blossom in early spring. It is an erect evergreen shrub of medium size, growing to at most 12 feet (3.6 m) in a container. Among other exquisite camellias for the contained garden are those belonging to the Wil-liamsii group. ‘J.C. Williams’, with blush-pink single flowers and yellow stamens,

Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’ has dark, glossy leaves to set oil its blood-ied flowers. A good height in pots is about I) feet ( 1.8 m). grows to about 6 feet (1.8 m). Being rather formal plants, camellias look well in the square wooden boxes called Versailles tubs, which are topless cubes raised on four small feet.

Camellias will not tolerate a limy soil, so choose a peaty compost, but, unlike more acutely calcifuge plants, they can be watered with tap water. Do not plant deep, but just cover the roots with soil. If possible, site your tub by a west wall, which the sun will not reach until the morning frost has gone.

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