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CAMELLIA 'Freedom Bell'

Image of Camellia 'Freedom Bell'

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Freedom Bell'

Plant Common Name

Freedom Bell Camellia, Hybrid Camellia

General Description

Camellias are tender evergreen shrubs much prized in warm climates for their abundant, showy flowers, but also their leaves, shapes, and longevity. This one, ‘Freedom Bell,’ is an upright plant with small, glossy, green leaves and open, semi-double (extra petals) red flowers that arise along the stems in early to late winter. Prune for shape and size right after the end of flowering. New buds for the next year will form afterward.

Like most camellias, ‘Freedom Bell’ prefers neutral to acidic, well-drained soil, grows best in partial shade, especially in areas with hot summers, and needs watering in a summer dry spell or it may drop its buds. Mulch this plant to help keep the roots cool and moist. Use it as a feature plant in mixed borders, along a foundation, or as a specimen for small spaces and yards. To avoid the drying of leaves and buds in winter, plant it in a sheltered spot.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late 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, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No