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CAMELLIA 'Pink Icicle'

Image of Camellia 'Pink Icicle'

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Pink Icicle'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Camellia, Pink Icicle Camellia

General Description

The pretty Camellia ‘Pink Icicle’ is a cold tolerant hybrid developed by Dr. William Ackerman of the United States National Arboretum. It is quite vigorous and has an upright, compact form. The small leaves are dark green, oval-shaped, evergreen and glossy. Very large, peony-form blooms of clear pink appear late in the season. Peony-form blooms have a mass of irregular petals interlaced with gold reproductive structures in the center of the flowers.

Treasured in eastern Asia for centuries, camellias were brought to the western world by Jesuit missionary and botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, for whom the genus is named. They are large, broadleaf evergreen shrubs to small trees, which have upright to spreading habits and attractive smooth gray branches furnished with glossy, oval, toothed, dark green leaves. From late winter to early spring, they bear large, waxy flowers that are excellent for cutting.

Camellia prefer partial shade, but will tolerate full sun once established. The soil should be evenly moist, on the acid side and amply drained. They are notoriously slow-growing, slow to establish and shallow rooted. It is good to apply a thick layer of organic mulch to protect the roots. Offer regular irrigation when conditions are dry. Prune after flowering just before growth starts in the spring, but only lightly. Camellia do not recover well from harsh pruning.

These shrubs can be cold sensitive, so do not plant them where they are not hardy. The evergreen leaves and tender flower buds may suffer from sunscald and wind desiccation in winter so avoid planting in highly exposed areas. In the landscape, camellia may be used in hedges, foundations, mixed borders or as a specimen plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, 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

    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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No