CAMELLIA 'Crimson Candles'
Plant Common Name
Crimson Candles Camellia, Hybrid Camellia
Named for its red buds that open to rose-pink flowers, 'Crimson Candles' is also notable for its relative cold-hardiness. It originated at Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as a random seedling of an unnamed Camellia reticulata x C. fraterna hybrid.
This medium to large, upright shrub has lustrous leaves that flush bronze-red and mature to deep green. The eight-petaled blooms emerge in late winter from elongated, deep-red buds. This hybrid camellia is hardy to USDA Zone 7a, and its buds and flowers tolerate heavy frost.
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, ‘Crimson Candles' 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) in late winter or early spring, before next year's flower buds form.
Use ‘Crimson Candles' to highlight a mixed border or woodland garden. It also makes an excellent greenhouse specimen.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 10
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Sharp or Has Thorns