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Evergreen Shrubs (Flowering) – Camellia Japonica

  • Camellia Japonica

Botanical name:  Camellia Japonica 

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: grows at least 5 ft tall but can reach heights of up to 30 ft and grows 5-10 ft in width 

Bloom time: winter/early spring

Hardy zone: zones 8-10

Flower color: pink, red, white, yellow

Foliage color: green

Growth rate: grows about 1 ft per year 

Pruning instructions: prune in the late spring/early summer after the plant is done flowering for the season 

Propagation methods:  cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: provides rich foliage and long lasting blooms to garden spaces 

Light needs: about 3-6 hours of sun a day 

Special features:  oils can be extracted to make essential oils

Watering instructions: requires consistent moisture

Fertilizing instructions : fertilize once a month from early spring to early summer with 4-8-8

Best time to plant: spring, early summer, fall, early winter 

Best type of soil: can adapt to all types of soil

Companion plants: ferns and hostas, hydrangeas, magnolia, pieris

Toxicity level: non-toxic for humans and pets 

Invasive species: no

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