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The camellia: a plant which offers much more than late-winter flowers

Although camellia japonica is often thought of as a predominantly late-winter-flowering evergreen shrub, there are other species within the camellia genus that are capable of flowering throughout the year. Species like camellia sasanqua is majestic in early autumn, whilst the camellia x. williamsii flowers majestically throughout the late spring into the early weeks of summer. We’re pleased to say that Ladybrook Nursery stocks both of these beautiful varieties. If you’re looking for a versatile and robust camellia for your garden this year, here’s a little more information which we hope you may find useful.

Camellia reticulata ‘Mary Williams’

Camellia reticulata ‘Mary Williams’ is a compact, vigorous, upright, evergreen shrub with oval, glossy, dark green leaves and single-to-semi-double, rose-pink flowers with yellow stamens in early spring. Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained acidic soil in a sheltered position. Protect emerging buds and flowers from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Fertilise in mid-spring and early summer. If grown in a container, use ericaceous compost.

Shrub

Height: 1.5m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green

Flower colour: rose-pink – single-to-semi-double with yellow stamens

Flowering: spring

Aspect: full to partial shade/sheltered

Camellia Sasanqua Cleopatra

Sasanquas are probably the most robust, versatile and tolerant of all the camellia species. Sasanqua ‘Cleopatra’ will grow well in both full sun and partial shade. ‘Cleopatra’ is the first of the camellia species to flower abundantly in autumn. Although sasanqua ‘Cleopatra’ is relatively tolerant, they are slightly tender so will need some protection in winter.

Shrub

Height: 2.5m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green

Flower colour: rose-pink – semi-double with yellow stamens

Flowering: September – October onwards

Aspect: full to partial shade/sheltered

Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’


Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ is a large, open, evergreen shrub with glossy, dark-green leaves. It bears double, rose-pink flowers in spring. It will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years. Flowers best in the shade. Early morning sunlight on the buds in frosty weather can damage them

Shrub

Height: 4m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green

Flower colour: rose-pink – peony-form

Flowering: April to May

Aspect: full to partial shade/sheltered

Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’

Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ is a vigorous and very reliable shrub with tough foliage and masses of large semi-double, peony-like rose-pink flowers from February to May. It will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 5m after 10-20 years.

Shrub

Height: 5m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green

Flower colour: soft pink – semi-double

Flowering: February to May

Aspect: full to partial shade/sheltered

Camellia x williamsii ‘Ruby Wedding’

Camellia × williamsii ‘Ruby Wedding’ is a compact evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves and stunning ruby-red double flowers which bloom from late winter to early spring. Ideal for planting by a sheltered wall/fence, in a woodland garden or even grown in a container.

Shrub

Height: 1.5m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green

Flower colour: bright red with white speckled centres – double peony-form

Flowering: spring

Aspect: full to partial shade/sheltered

Camellia x williamsii ‘E.G. Waterhouse’

Camellia x williamsii ‘E.G. Waterhouse’ is a narrow, upright, evergreen shrub with ovate, glossy, dark green leaves and formal double, pale pink flowers in mid-spring. It will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years. Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained acid soil in a shady, sheltered position. 

Shrub

Height: 3m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green

Flower colour: pale pink – double

Flowering: spring

Aspect: full to partial shade/sheltered

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