CAMELLIA japonica 'Berenice Boddy'
Plant Common Name
Berenice Boddy Camellia, Camellia, Japanese Camillia
The semi-double, midseason blooms of 'Berenice Boddy' have pale pink petals with deeper pink undersides. This cultivar originated at Rancho del Descanso in LaCanada Flintridge, California. It is one of thousands of named selections and hybrids of Camellia japonica, a broadleaf evergreen shrub that has long been grown and treasured in its native East Asia.
This vigorous, upright, large shrub has ascending, gray-barked branches and oval, glossy, dark-green leaves with serrated edges. Each bloom has numerous petals with the inner five held upright, forming a cup. White stamens with yellow anthers cluster at the flower's center. In frost-free conditions 'Berenice Boddy' flowers from midwinter to early spring. Bloom may commence later in colder sites.
Camellia japonica cultivars prefer some shade but will tolerate full sun once established. The soil should be moist, well-drained, and non-alkaline. Shelter them from harsh winter sun and winds, and apply mulch to keep the roots cool and moist. Regular irrigation and applications of fertilizer promote optimal growth and flowering. Prune lightly (if necessary) in early spring, before next year's flower buds form. This Camellia japonica cultivar is well suited for foundation plantings, mixed borders, cool greenhouses, and large containers. Its waxy flowers are excellent for cutting.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 9
H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m
5'-15' / 1.5m - 4.6m
Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter
China, Japan, Korea
Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Sharp or Has Thorns