The Q&A Archives: Camelia leaves falling

Question: I live in West Georgia and have a Camelia tree that was planted late last fall. Many of it's leaves are now turning yellow and falling off. Is this normal?

Answer: Because camellias are evergreen we expect them to retain their leaves but the truth is that the oldest, usually those towards the center of the plant, do drop off after a couple of years. They are usually replaced by the plant. To encourage new growth in the center of the branches and at the ends, you can trim your camellia back a little. Wait until the flowering has stopped and then prune the branches back. This will encourage healthy new growth and a thick and dense canopy. Enjoy your camellia!

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