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CAMELLIA 'Night Rider'

Image of Camellia 'Night Rider'

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Night Rider'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Camellia, Night Rider Camellia

General Description

The waxy-textured flowers and young foliage of this slow-growing camellia are deep red. It originated in New Zealand from a cross between Camellia 'Ruby Bells' and C. japonica 'Kuro-tsubaki'.

This compact, upright, oval shrub has small, dark-green, elliptical leaves that are rich bronze-red upon emergence. The relatively small, maroon, semi-double blooms open in late winter and early spring from rose-shaped buds. Each blossom has approximately 20 petals and a central brush-like cluster of purple-pink stamens with yellow anthers.

Camellias are broadleaved evergreens from warm temperate regions of eastern Asia. They are prized for their abundant showy flowers, their handsome leathery foliage, and their longevity.

Like most camellias, ‘Night Rider' prospers in partial shade and acidic to neutral, humus-rich soil. Shelter it from strong winter sun and winds, and mulch it to keep the roots cool and moist. Prune (if necessary) in early spring, before next year's flower buds form.

Use 'Night Rider' to provide winter and early spring color in a mixed border or woodland garden. It also makes an excellent container plant for a cool sunroom or greenhouse.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Burgundy, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, 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

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No