Camellia japonica ‘Korean Fire’

(Korean Fire Camellia)

Size Price
3-GALLON $49.99
7-GALLON $89.99

Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Korean Fire’ is a Japanese camellia introduced by Barry Yinger through Hines Nursery from plants collected in Korea in 1984. It is reportedly capable of surviving winters with sub-zero temperatures (to -10 degrees F) with no injury. This is an evergreen shrub that typically matures, in the absence of injury, to 10-15’ tall and to 8’ wide. Glossy dark green leaves (to 3” long) are particularly attractive. Fragrant, flat, single red flowers with showy yellow stamens (each flower to 3-5” diameter) bloom in early spring.



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

Korean Fire Camellia


10 to 12 ft.

Botanical Name

Camellia japonica 'Korean Fire'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6a, 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




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant



3 gallon, 7 gallon

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