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CAMELLIA japonica 'April Blush'

Image of Camellia japonica 'April Blush'

James H. Schutte

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA japonica 'April Blush'

Plant Common Name

April Blush Camellia, Camellia, Japanese Camellia

General Description

This broadleaf evergreen shrub to small tree has an upright, rounded form. Developed by Dr. Clifford Parks in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, ‘April Blush’ provides year-round interest because of its glossy dark green leaves and smooth gray bark. From late winter to spring, its rounded buds open to present many large, semi-double, pale pink flowers. The following year’s flower buds are set shortly after they bloom, so if needed, prune them directly after flowering.

April Blush camellia demonstrates increased cold hardiness and prefers sites with evenly moist, fertile acidic soil and full sun to partial shade. In the landscape, it may be used in hedges, foundations, mixed borders or as a specimen plant. The evergreen leaves and tender flower buds of camellia may suffer from sunscald and wind desiccation in winter, so avoid planting them in highly exposed areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 3b, 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'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m

  • Width

    3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • 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

    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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No