Camellia: Growing Guide

A beautiful evergreen garden shrub; its very early spring flowering is very striking.


The camellia requires a certain degree of shade and, when night frost is forecast, it is advisable to give buds and flowers some protection to prevent damage.


It definitely demands acid soil, adequately damp.


Garden forms can only be increased from cuttings or by layering.

Camellia japonica: Height in the Netherlands is only to 2 m, in England it reaches much greater heights; flowering season, depending on the strain, late winter to early summer. Occurs in a variety of flower shapes – single, double, anemone-shaped etc – but it is advisable to let your choice depend on the degree of winter-hardiness.

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