CAMELLIA japonica 'Claudia Vanis'
Plant Common Name
Camellia, Claudia Vanis Camellia, Japanese Camellia
Satiny, crinkled, hot-pink petals with random lighter streaks make the blossoms of 'Claudia Vanis' highly ornate. This Japanese camellia originated as a chance seedling selected by Dr. Tom Dodd of Semmes, Alabama in 1989. Each double to semi-double bloom has so many petals they hide the yellow stamens within. This broadleaf evergreen shrub develops a dense, upright oval habit when mature.
Treasured in eastern Asia for centuries, camellias were brought to the western world by Jesuit missionary and botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, for whom they are named. Their attractive smooth gray branches hold oval, glossy, toothed, dark green leaves. From late winter to early spring, this cultivar bears large, waxy flowers which are excellent for cutting.
Common camellia grows best in partial sun to partial shade but will tolerate full sun once established, though sunscald may be a problem. The soil must be evenly 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.
The evergreen leaves and tender flower buds may suffer from sunscald and wind desiccation in winter, so avoid planting camellia in windy, exposed areas. If needed, prune branch tips immediately after flowering, just before new growth starts in the spring. Selective, infrequent light pruning and shaping is recommended but shearing is not. This camellia does not recover well from harsh pruning practices. In the landscape, it may be used in hedges, shady foundation beds, mixed borders or as a woodland specimen plant.
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'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m
Early Spring, Late Winter
China, Japan, Korea
Clay, Loam, Sand
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Sharp or Has Thorns