Camellia japonica ‘Hokkaido Red’

(Hokkaido Red Camellia)


Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

One of the newer ultra-cold-hardy camellias. Years ago John L. Creech of the National Arboretum collected seed of Camellia japonica at the northernmost parts of the island of Hokkaido, Japan. From the many resultant seedlings, Richard Hesselein selected ‘Hokkaido Red’. It was chosen for its extreme cold tolerance, and its prolific production of flowers over a long period. As a bonus, the foliage turns a shade of purple during the winter months. The habit of the plant as a whole is mounding and compact.  It’s thought to be fully hardy in USDA Zone 6, and warm parts of Zone 5 with a little protection.

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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. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Hokkaido Red Camellia

Botanical Name

Camellia japonica 'Hokkaido Red'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

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

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade


8 ft


6 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

March – April

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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