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CAMELLIA 'Christmas Rose'

Image of Camellia 'Christmas Rose'

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Christmas Rose'

Plant Common Name

Christmas Rose Camellia, Hybrid Camellia

General Description

The deep-pink, semi-double flowers of this hybrid camellia open from rose-like buds in early winter. It was selected and introduced by Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This rounded, medium-sized shrub has glossy, deep green, oval leaves with serrated edges.

Camellias are broadleaved evergreens from warm temperate regions of eastern Asia. They are prized for their abundant showy flowers, their handsome leathery foliage, and their longevity.

Like most camellias, ‘Christmas Rose’ prospers in partial shade and acidic to neutral, humus-rich soil. Shelter it from strong winter sun and winds, and mulch it to keep the roots cool and moist. Prune (if necessary) only in late winter or early spring, before next year's flower buds form. Use 'Christmas Rose' to highlight a mixed border or woodland garden. It also makes an excellent greenhouse specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    5'-9' / 1.5m - 2.7m

  • Width

    3'-7' / 0.9m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Winter, Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No