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CAMELLIA 'Rosehill Red'

Image of Camellia 'Rosehill Red'

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Rosehill Red'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Camellia, Rosehill Red Camellia

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General Description

Winter's grip is dead when the scarlet to blood-red blooms of the Rosehill Red camellia appear. Camellias are tender evergreen shrubs prized in warm climates for their abundant, showy flowers, but also their leaves, shapes, and longevity. This hybrid broadleaf shrub is a rounded plant with small, glossy, medium to deep green leaves. In very late winter to mid-spring, the plump red flower buds swell on branch tips, looking like rose buds. Each bright red flower is semi-double (extra petals) in form, eventually opening wide and revealing the golden wad of stamens in the flower's center.

Like most camellias, ‘Rosehill Red’ grows best in neutral to acidic, moist but well-drained soil that contains organic matter. It grows best in partial shade, especially in areas with hot summers, and needs watering in a summer dry spell or it may abort its buds. Mulch this plant to help keep the roots cool and moist. Prune for shape and size right after the end of flowering, but before the last spring frost date. New buds for the next year will form afterward during the summer. Use it as a feature plant in mixed borders or as a specimen in the woodland garden. To avoid the drying of leaves and buds in winter, plant it in a wind-sheltered spot.

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 Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    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

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No