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CAMELLIA 'Winter's Star'

Image of Camellia 'Winter's Star'

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

CAMELLIA 'Winter's Star'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Camellia, Winter's Star Camellia

General Description

Hardy camellias that will winter in areas such as southern New England are no longer a dream, thanks largely to the efforts of William L. Ackerman of the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., who crossed the hardy Chinese species Camellia oleifera with tender camellias to produce a group of beautiful and tough hybrids. The cultivar 'Winter's Star' bears large single violet-pink flowers in October and November. A starburst of yellow stamens ornaments their centers. It forms a vigorous, upright, head-high shrub with semi-glossy medium-green leaves that are smaller and more elegant than those of most tender camellias.

Grow this beautiful and hardy broadleaf evergreen in moist, well-drained, acidic soil and partial shade. Shelter it from strong winter sun and wind. It makes a wonderful plant for an east-facing exposure in areas such as Boston that are too cold for other camellias. Use it in a Japanese or Chinese garden, a shrub border, or a patio planting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 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

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • 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

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No