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CAMELLIA 'Crimson Candles'

Image of Camellia 'Crimson Candles'

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Crimson Candles'

Plant Common Name

Crimson Candles Camellia, Hybrid Camellia

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 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

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Copper, Bronze

  • 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

    Single

  • 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

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No