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CAMELLIA japonica 'Apple Blossom'

Image of Camellia japonica 'Apple Blossom'

John Rickard

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA japonica 'Apple Blossom'

Plant Common Name

Apple Blossom Camellia, Camellia, Japanese 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. The beautiful ‘Apple Blossom,’ is an upright, dense plant with small, glossy green leaves and fragrant flowers that have one or two ranks of broad white petals tinged cerise-red on their margins. The petals surround a prominent center of yellow stamens. Prune this shrub for shape and size as needed, but only right after the end of flowering. New buds for the next year will form afterward.

Like most camellias, ‘Apple Blossom’ requires neutral to acidic, moist but well-drained soil. It prospers 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 wind-sheltered spot.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 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

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    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

    No

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No