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Camellia 'Leonard Messel' (reticulata × williamsii) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

camellia 'Leonard Messel'

Family

Theaceae


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

'Leonard Messel' is a large rounded shrub with semi-double, clear rose-pink flowers to 12cm across and prominent yellow stamens

Synonym(s)

  • Camellia japonica 'Leonard Messel'
  • Camellia reticulata 'Leonard Messel'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile acid or neutral soils, rich in organic matter with a mulch of bark chips or other organic material. For container cultivation use a lime free medium and keep the containers outdoors in summer in a shaded site.

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get aphids, cushion scale and vine weevil

Diseases

Flowers may be infected by camellia petal blight