Camelia leaves falling - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by georgiamelis
May 3, 2009
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 from NGA
May 3, 2009


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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