The Q&A Archives: camellia selection

Question: Along our north property line we have a three story apartment building. I wanted to plant a hedge (fast growing would be helpful) that would screen us from the apartment building. I thought podocarpus graciliar would be a good choice. I also planned to plant camellias underneath the podocarpus because part of the area is screened by a large avacado tree, and I feared that the podocarpus would eventually loose its lower leaves. However, this area does get filtered and some direct sun because there are no buildings to the south of the hedge that would block the sun. My first choice for a camellia is japonica magnoliaeflora, but I fear that the sun might not be good for it. My second choice was the sasanqua jean may. Would the japonica magnoliaeflora work in this situation? If not, how much better would the sasanqua jean may do in this situation? Do you think that the podocarpus g. is a good choice in this situation? Do you have other recommendations?

Answer: Camellia japonica magnoliaeflora performs best in shady sites but will tolerate a few hours of morning sunshine. Camellia sasanqua Jean May would be the better choice for the site you describe.

Podocarpus gracillior is an excellent specimen and should do well in your landscape.


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