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CAMELLIA hiemalis 'Kanjiro'

Image of Camellia hiemalis 'Kanjiro'

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA hiemalis 'Kanjiro'

Plant Common Name

Kanjiro Camellia, Snow Camellia

General Description

The Kanjiro snow camellia is a vigorous evergreen shrub native to eastern and southern Asia. It is sometimes erroneously called 'Hiryu'. Its fragrant, hot pink, semi-double flowers appear from very late autumn through the winter. The glossy dark green, leathery leaves are pointed ovals.

Plant 'Kanjiro' in moist, acidic, humus-rich soil. It does best in bright partial shade, but will tolerate full sun if other conditions are ideal. Often used for specimen plantings in woodland gardens, snow camellia provides 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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-14' / 2.4m - 4.3m

  • Width

    7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m

  • 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

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Hot Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Black

  • 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

    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

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No