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Camellia japonica 'Tricolor' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Red and White in Spring

Foliage

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 'Tricolor'

Family

Theaceae


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

'Tricolor' is a compact and vigorous medium-sized shrub with single to semi-double flowers to 10cm wide, the petals white with variable amounts of red streaking and a prominent boss of yellow stamens

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance 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