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CAMELLIA hiemalis 'Green's Blues'

Image of Camellia hiemalis 'Green's Blues'

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA hiemalis 'Green's Blues'

Plant Common Name

Green's Blues Camellia, Snow Camellia

General Description

Distinguished by the unusual lavender-blue color of its fading flowers, this low-growing camellia bears its small, double, "rose-form" blooms from late fall to midwinter. An open-pollinated seedling of Camellia hiemalis 'Shishigashira', 'Green's Blues' was selected by Bobby Green of Green Nurseries, Fairhope, Alabama. It is one of many named selections and hybrids of snow camellia, Camellia hiemalis. Long grown and prized in Japan, snow camellia may have originated as a hybrid of Camellia sasanqua, and is known only in cultivation.

This small, spreading, slow-growing shrub has oval, glossy, dark green leaves with toothed edges. The many-petaled blooms open violet-purple before fading to lavender tints. The flowers are somewhat heavier-textured and their bloom period is typically later and longer than those of the closely related sasanquas.

Like most camellias, C. hiemalis and its cultivars prosper in partial shade and acidic to neutral, humus-rich soil. Shelter these broadleaf evergreens from strong winter sun and winds, and mulch to keep the roots cool and moist. Prune (if necessary) in early spring, before next year's flower buds form. Often used for specimen plantings in woodland gardens, snow camellias are perfect for Japanese gardens, mixed borders, or foundation plantings. They also make excellent bonsai and greenhouse plants.

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

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Light Blue, Lavender, Blue Violet, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No