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How to plant and grow Camellia Japonica

CREATE BEAUTIFUL FORMAL GARDENS OR HEDGES WITH THIS VERSATILE PLANT



Camellia japonica is the most widely known and grown of the Camellia species and comprises literally thousands of named varieties, usually referred to simply as ‘Camellias’.

Many Camellia japonica have now been crossed with other species and some of the resulting hybrids have been included in this section together with a number of species belonging to the genus Camellia.

Camellia Japonica - Guilio Nuccio
Camellia Japonica – Guilio Nuccio

Listed hereunder are the selected best of the hundreds of varieties grown and carefully observed over many years- chosen to cover the charming and infinite variety of size, colour and form provided by this species and particularly for their individual qualities and beauty.

Whilst varieties are continually tested, only those superior in form, colour or general excellence will be listed.

SOIL CONDITIONS

Camellias are adaptable to most soil conditions with the addition of using ANL's COW AND COMPOST, PREMIUM GARDEN MIX or GREENLIFE MULCH AND COMPOST to improve nutrient and moisture content.

FERTILISING

Fertilise with ECLIPSE, OSMOCOTE or ‘KAHOONA’ CAMELLIA FOODS to encourage sustained healthy growth and flowers. Camellias like a fortnightly application of a soluble solution such as AQUASOL or THRIVE FLOWER AND FRUIT. Maintain regular watering intervals of a SEASOL POWERFEED, HARVEST or MAXICROP solution. This will encourage sustained health of the root system.

For container growing feed with OSMOCOTE (warmer months), GARDEN GOLD or BLOOD 'N’ BONE.

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CAMELLIA JAPONICA CULTIVARS


Contact your nearest Sherringhams Nursery in Terrey HillsNorth Ryde or Seven Hills to order your favourite variety of Camellia Japonica.

BETTY RIDLEY (japonica x sasanqua- reticulata hybrid) sun variety of camellia japonica

Medium size FORMAL DOUBLE of perfect form. Slightly blue toned pink. Profuse bloomer. Medium, upright growth. Long flowering. EARLY APRIL to MID-SEPTEMBER.

BOB HOPE sun variety of camellia japonica

Large SEMI-DOUBLE. Black red. Compact, bushy growth. MID-MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

BRUSHFIELD’S YELLOW shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium size INFORMAL DOUBLE. Pale primrose yellow petaloids surrounded by antique white petals. First flowers may be pink. Compact upright growth. MID-APRIL to EARLY SEPTEMBER.

Camellia Japonica - Buttons ‘N Bows
Camellia Japonica – Buttons ‘N Bows

BUTTONS ‘N BOWS (saluenensis hybrid) shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium FORMAL DOUBLE. Deep pink on outer petals shading to white in centre. Medium, bushy growth. MID-APRIL to MID-SEPTEMBER.
 

DEBUTANTE shade variety of camellia japonica

Large full INFORMAL DOUBLE. Soft pink blooms. Upright growth. (Young plants sometimes show natural heavy leaf fall) MID-MARCH to MID-SEPTEMBER.
 

DESIRE shade variety of camellia japonica

Large FORMAL DOUBLE. White with pink edge, perfectly formed. Vigorous, bushy growth. MID-APRIL to MID-SEPTEMBER

DRAMA GIRL shade variety of camellia japonica


Very large SEMI-DOUBLE. Deep rose pink. Very vigorous, upright open growth. Prune to compact when about 2m. MID-MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

ECCLEFIELD shade variety of camellia japonica

Very large INFORMAL DOUBLE. White. Vigorous upright growth. LATE MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

ELEGANS CHAMPAGNE shade variety of camellia japonica

Large bloom with DOUBLE CENTRE. White with pale yellow centre petaloids. Needs heavy disbudding. Recommended for collectors only. Medium, compact growth and spreading habit. LATE MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

EMPEROR OF RUSSIA sun variety of camellia japonica

Medium to large INFORMAL DOUBLE. Bright to deep red. Strong shapely plant. LATE MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

GRAND SLAM sun variety of camellia japonica

Large bloom with DOUBLE CENTRE but sometimes informal double or semi-double in form. Glowing deep red. Vigorous, open, upright growth. LATE MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

GREAT EASTERN sun variety of camellia japonica

Large SEMI-DOUBLE. Rose red with occasional white markings at base of petals. Considerable colour variation may occur. Early flowers can be small and needs early and heavy disbudding for large blooms. Solid, upright, bushy plant. EARLY MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER

GUILIO NUCCIO shade variety of camellia japonica

Large to very large SEMI-DOUBLE with large rabbit-eared petaloids. Coral rose. Vigorous, compact, bushy growth. MID-MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

HIGH FRAGRANCE shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium PEONY FORM (9cm). Pale ivory pink with deeper pink edges. Vigorous, open habit. MID-JUNE to MID-SEPTEMBER.

KRAMERS BEAUTY shade variety of camellia japonica

Large INFORMAL DOUBLE. Vibrant crimson red. Vigorous, upright growth. Sets many buds. LATE APRIL to MID-SEPTEMBER.

LADY LOCH shade variety of camellia japonica

Large INFORMAL DOUBLE. Pale pink edged white with occasional, usually small, splashes of deep rose. Erect growth. MID-APRIL to MID-SEPTEMBER

LAURIE BRAY  shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium to large SEMI-DOUBLE varying in form from almost single to simple informal double. Pale pink colour which intensifies as flower ages. Bushy growth. MID-APRIL to EARLY SEPTEMBER.

LOVELIGHT shade variety of camellia japonica

Large SEMI-DOUBLE. White blooms with broad, rounded and creped petals. Vigorous, upright habit. MID-APRIL to EARLY SEPTEMBER.

MAGNOLIIFLORA (Hagoromo) shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium size SEMI-DOUBLE. Very pale pink with two rows of firm petals. Star-like in appearance. Medium, upright, bushy growth. MID-MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

Camellia Japonica - Margaret Davis
Camellia Japonica – Margaret Davis

MARGARET DAVIS shade variety of camellia japonica

Large INFORMAL DOUBLE. White minutely flecked and occasionally splashed rose, with petals and petaloids finely bordered deep rose. Erect growth. MID-APRIL to MID-SEPTEMBER

MARGARET HERTRICH shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium size FORMAL DOUBLE (11cm). Red blooms. Vigorous, bushy, upright growth. LATE MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

MOSHIO sun variety of camellia japonica

Medium size SEMI-DOUBLE. Glowing bright to deep red. Pairs well with C. Magnoliiflora. Medium, upright growth. Best top pruned when about 2m tall. MID-MAY to EARLY SEPTEMBER.

NUCCIO’S GEM shade variety of camellia japonica

Large FORMAL DOUBLE. White blooms with up to ten tiers of rounded petals. Medium, bushy, upright habit. Needs heavy disbudding for best results. EARLY JUNE to MID-SEPTEMBER.

PHILLIPA IFOULD shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium size FORMAL DOUBLE. Soft peach pink with faint white variegation. Medium, bushy, upright growth. Although morning winter sun is best avoided the mature plant is remarkably sun tolerant. MID-MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

PINK GOLD  shade variety of camellia japonica

Large SEMI-DOUBLE. Soft pink petals surrounding prominent bunch of golden stamens. Vigorous, upright habit. MID-MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.

RED RED ROSE shade variety of camellia japonica

Medium size FORMAL DOUBLE with a prominent rose bud centre. Clear bright red . Tall, narrow and vigorous habit. Tends to be shy bloomer when young. LATE JUNE to MID-SEPTEMBER.

SCENTUOUS (japonica‘Tiffany’ x Lutchuensis) shade variety of camellia japonica

Small INFORMAL DOUBLE with perfume like that of Lutchuensis. Ivory white flowers with pale pink outer petals and pink tipped buds, formed in profusion along each stem. Attractive reddish new foliage becoming slightly yellow-green with age. Medium, open growth. LATE MAY to SEPTEMBER.

TIPTOE sun variety of camellia japonica

Medium size SEMI-DOUBLE. Soft silvery pink, shading to cherry pink at tips of petals. a second generation C. Williamsi bred at Camellia Grove. Neat, upright, bushy growth with medium-small foliage. MID-MAY to MID-SEPTEMBER.