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CAMELLIA 'Winter's Fire'

Image of Camellia 'Winter's Fire'

The U.S. National Arboretum

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Winter's Fire'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Camellia, Winter's Fire Camellia

General Description

Surviving temperatures of minus 20 degrees C, this cold-hardy camellia produces medium-sized, semi-double, raspberry-pink flowers from fall to early winter. Resulting from a cross between Camellia vernalis 'Takarazuka' and the C. oleifera hybrid 'Frost Prince', 'Winter's Fire' is one of many hardy camellias developed by William L. Ackerman of the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Ackerman crossed the hardy Chinese species C. oleifera with tender camellias to produce a group of beautiful and tough hybrids. This cultivar originated in 1972.

This relatively slow-growing, spreading, medium to large shrub has arching branches and oval, glossy, dark-green leaves with serrated edges. Each bloom has approximately 12 petals surrounding a central cluster of white stamens with golden anthers. The petals are slightly rumpled and crinkled.

Hardy to USDA Zone 6b, 'Winter's Fire' thrives in moist, well-drained, acidic soil and partial shade. Shelter this broadleaf evergreen shrub from strong winter sun and wind. It makes a wonderful plant for an east-facing exposure in areas that are too cold for most other camellias. Use it in a Japanese or Chinese garden, a shrub border, or a patio planting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • 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

    8'-11' / 2.4m - 3.4m

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Hot Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Olive, 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No