Camellia japonica ‘Crimson Candles’

(Crimson Candles Camellia)


$49.99


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

The small bright rose-red single flowers are produced early in the season. The new foliage is bronze-red. This is a very vigorous and disease resistant variety. The sepals are red, so the flower buds are deep red all winter as they gradually elongate and mature. The buds look like red candles. The heavily budded plants rival azaleas in full bloom and are months ahead. The vegetative and floral hardiness is excellent–even after nights in the low 20’s, the open flowers still have good color. The plant has upright growth and will be full in good light exposure.

Description

Camellia japonica and most of its cultivars are considered to be winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9. Even where winter hardy, unusually cold temperatures in winter (below 10 degrees F), particularly when occurring as a sudden temperature change, can damage or sometimes kill these plants.

Where winter hardy, Camellia japonica should be grown in moist, acidic (5.5 to 6.5 pH), loose, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Consistent and even moisture is important. Avoid wet soils. Plants require protection from direct afternoon sun and wind. Best location may be sun-dappled part shade. Best with a root mulch. Near the northern parts of their growing range, plants should be sited in sheltered and protected microclimates such as near the south side of a home or building. Burlap wraps are sometimes helpful. Plants generally dislike changes in temperature, irregular watering or being moved. Even a change in humidity can cause plants to drop buds. Fertilize monthly in spring and summer. If desired, remove all but one bud from each cluster to increase the size of the flower. Prune immediately after flowering.

Additional information

Common Name

Crimson Candles Camellia

Botanical Name

Camellia japonica 'Crimson Candles'

Container/Amount

3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade

Height

12 ft.

Width

8 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

early spring

Flower Color

pink

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

Fall Color

green

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