James H. Schutte
CAMELLIA x williamsii 'Angel Wings'
Plant Common Name
Angel Wings Camellia, William's Camellia
The Angel Wings camellia is a tender, broadleaf evergreen shrub beloved in mild climates for its delicate pale orchid pink flowers and glossy, shapely leaves. This hybrid between Camellia japonica 'Dr. Tinsley' and Camellia saluenensis originated at Kramer's Bros. Nursery, Upland, California, before 1970. The hybridization of these two camellia species was first made by J. C. Williams of Caerhays Castle in Cornwall in the early 1920s.
Like most other Camellia × williamsii cultivars, 'Angel Wings' is a dense, slow-growing, upright, medium to large shrub with glossy green leaves. The medium-sized, semi-double, pink-suffused flowers have numerous petals and a central core of yellow stamens. In frost-free conditions, 'Angel Wings' blooms from winter into spring, midway in the camellia flowering season. Bloom may occur later in colder sites.
Angel Wings camellia excels in partial shade, but established, regularly watered specimens will tolerate full sun. Evenly moist, acid soil with ample drainage is essential. Camellias are notoriously slow-growing, slow to establish and shallow rooted. A thick layer of organic mulch will protect the roots and help maintain even moisture. Regular irrigation and applications of fertilizer will help promote good growth and flowering. Prune lightly (if necessary) after flowering, just before growth starts in the spring. Most camellias do not recover well from harsh renewal pruning.
Though hardier than many garden camellias,Camellia × williamsii cultivars are still quite tender. Their evergreen leaves and tender flower buds may suffer from sunscald and wind desiccation in winter, so avoid planting them in highly exposed areas. In the landscape, camellia may be used in hedges, foundations, mixed borders or as a specimen plant.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
Early Spring, Spring, Winter, Late Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Sharp or Has Thorns