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Camellia japonica 'Berenice Boddy' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

camellia 'Berenice Boddy'

Family

Theaceae


Camellia are evergreen shrubs with simple, ovate, glossy, leathery leaves and showy flowers with solitary or clustered flowers early in the year

'Berenice Boddy' is a strong-growing large shrub of upright growth with semi-double, pale pink flowers to 10cm in width, deeper on reverse, borne in late winter and spring

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Suitable for woodland and acidic soils. Position in a site sheltered from cold, dry winds and early morning sun as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds and late frosts

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, scale insects and vine weevil

Diseases

May be subject to a virus