CAMELLIA japonica 'Elegans Champagne'
Plant Common Name
Camellia, Champagne Camellia, Japanese Camellia
The large "anemone-form" blooms of 'Elegans Champagne' have white petals surrounding a central mound of white and cream "petaloids." The early to midseason blooms appear from winter into spring. This chance sport of 'Elegans Splendor' was selected by Nuccio's Nurseries, Altadena, California, in 1970. 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 weak-growing, small to medium-sized shrub has spreading, gray-barked branches and oval, glossy, dark-green leaves with serrated edges. This cultivar received the American Camellia Society's Sewell Mutant Award in 1980, and the Southern California Camellia Society's William Hertrich Award in 1982.
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. The floral display may be improved by disbudding (removing some of the flower buds as they expand). 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
5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m
4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m
Early Spring, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter
China, Japan, Korea
Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Sharp or Has Thorns