Camellia japonica ‘Govenor Mouton’

(Govenor Mouton Camellia)


Hardiness Zones:

 6b  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

This eighteenth century introduction survived our coldest winters and huge plants can be found in older gardens. Peony form flowers are an oriental red with white splotches. The bloom season is early and the plant is vigorous with a slightly spreading growth habit.


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

Govenor Mouton Camellia


10 to 12 ft.

Botanical Name

Camellia japonica 'Govenor Mouton'


7 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6b, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade



Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

early spring

Flower Color

white and red



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color


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