CAMELLIA japonica 'Adeyaka'
Plant Common Name
Adeyaka Camellia, Camellia, Japanese Camillia
The large, single blooms of 'Adeyaka' are deep cherry red with lots of golden stamens in the center. This vigorous, medium-sized tree blooms heavily from winter through to spring.
Japanese camellia is a large, broadleaf evergreen shrub to small tree that originates from eastern Asia. It has attractive smooth gray branches that are furnished with oval, glossy, dark green leaves. From late winter to early spring, it bears large, waxy flowers that are excellent for cutting.
Camellia prefers partial shade, but will tolerate full sun once established and are well watered. The soil should be moist, acidic and have ample drainage. These plants are notoriously slow-growing, slow to establish and shallow rooted, a thick layer of organic mulch is a good practice to protect the roots. Regular irrigation when dry and applications of fertilizer promote good growth and flowering. Prune after flowering and just before growth starts in the spring, but only lightly, they do not recover well from harsh pruning.
Camellia prefers partial sun to partial shade but will tolerate full sun once established, though sunscald may be a problem. The soil should be moist, acid and well-drained. This plant is notoriously slow-growing, slow to establish and shallow rooted. A thick layer of organic mulch will protect the roots and facilitate better growth. Regular irrigation and applications of fertilizer promote good growth and flowering, though plants will tolerate periods of drought. Prune after flowering, just before new growth starts in the spring. Selective, light pruning and shaping is recommended and shearing is not. Camellia do not recover well from harsh pruning practices.
The evergreen leaves and tender flower buds may suffer from sunscald and wind desiccation in winter, so avoid planting camellia in highly exposed areas. In the landscape, it may be used in hedges, foundations, mixed borders or as a specimen plant.