The Q&A Archives: Camellia Tree

Question: Hi. I live in a townhouse and have a little backyard. I have a high fence that shades a corner area where I'd like to put a camellia tree. It only gets about an hour or two of full sun and the rest of the day, the fence shades the area. I'm looking for more of a tree looking camellia with pretty foilage year round and a nice bloom as well. Can you make a suggestion? Thanks for your input!

Answer: Here are a few of my favorite upright growing camellias:
Debutante (Camellia japonica 'Debutante'); Evergreen flowering shrub. A heavy blooming camellia that is more sun tolerant than most camellias. Light pink blooms that are 3 1/2 to 4 inches wide and exhibit a full peony form. Blooms February to March. Plant is vigorous and upright, and bushy.

Betty Sheffield Supreme (Camellia japonica 'Betty Sheffield Supreme'); Evergreen flowering shrub. Large (4 to 5 inch wide) whited, striped and blotched with red and pink blossoms in January to March. Flowers are semi-double to peony form with loose petals and stamens intermingled among slightly wavy petals. Medium, upright growth.

Chandleri Elegans Variegated (Camellia japonica 'Chandleri Elegans Variegata');
Evergreen flowering shrub. Large anemone form flowers, rose pink mottled with white. Blooms heavily in December. Slow growing with spreading upright growth habit.

In the Pink Camellia (Camellia japonica 'In the Pink'); Evergreen flowering shrub. 2 1/2 to 4 inch rose-pink flormal blooms with wavy petal edges. Flowers profusely in March to May. Compact and bushy upright plant. Very distinctive.

Kramer's Supreme Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme'); Evergreen flowering shrub. Large deep red peony form flowers. This mid season bloomer (March to April) has a vigorous compact upright growth habit. Flower has a slight fragrance.

Hope one of these camellia's appeals to you!

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