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CAMELLIA hiemalis 'Chansonette'

Image of Camellia hiemalis 'Chansonette'

John Rickard

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA hiemalis 'Chansonette'

Plant Common Name

Chansonette Camellia, Snow Camellia

General Description

The 'Chansonette' cultivar of snow camellia is an upright evergreen shrub native to eastern and southern continental Asia. Its miniature, bright pink, formal double (extra-petaled) flowers appear in midwinter to very early spring. Petal edges are frilled, mimicking the look of sasanqua camellia flowers. The glossy, dark green and leathery leaves are pointed ovals with teethed edges.

Plant this snow camellia in moist, acidic, humus-rich soil. It does best in bright partial shade, but will tolerate nearly full sun if ideal soil conditions are maintained. Often used for specimen plantings in woodland gardens, snow camellias provide a longer flowering season than the late fall-blooming sasanquas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • 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

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Hot Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    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

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No