The Q&A Archives: CAMELLIAS

Question: I live in a condo in downtown San Diego...3 blocks from the bay. There are planters in one of our courtyards that we would like to plant some camellias. We have interesting seasonal light where we want to put the camellias. Our building is five stories high so now in winter we get no dircect sun on the planters but in the height of summer the planters wil get full sun for a good part of the day. I am looking at the YULTIDE casue it says it can take sun or shade but am not sure how tall it will grow. The planter size is 8x6x2. I would like to get sme height in these how high and wide will the yultide grow? Would the Tom Knusden or Silver Wave grow bigger...but would they tolerate the conditions. Help!
In other planter in this courtyard we do have some low growing camellias that are just finishing blooming pink but they do get a combo of full and filtered during the summer because they are under some tall tristanias.



Answer: Most camellias detest hot sun and will develop sunscald on exposed leaves. Yuletide, while it will endure hot sun, won't perform very well for you unless it is kept well hydrated and there is ample air circulation all around the plant. The average height and width of this plant is 8-10', but you can prune to keep them smaller. Hope this information is helpful!

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