Winter-Hardy Camellia

By Charlie Nardozzi

Camellias are prized shrubs in the south for their snow-white blossoms and glossy evergreen leaves. Now, with the introduction of 'Winter's Snowman' Ice Angel camellia, gardeners north of the Mason-Dixon line can grow them too. This new camellia extends the normal growing range of this shrub to USDA zone 6.

'Winter's Snowman' Ice Angel camellia -- the latest in the hardy Ice Angel camellia series -- is a cross between Camellia sasanqua and Camellia oleifera and was developed at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. 'Winter's Snowman' grows 12 feet tall but only 5 feet wide, making it an excellent choice for narrow spaces in your yard. The pale pink flower buds open into semi-double, white, anemone-like blossoms that last from fall into early winter.

'Winter's Snowman' camellia grows best in full to part sun on well-drained soil. For more information on this new camellia, go to: Monrovia Nursery.

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