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Camellia cuspidata


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour




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photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (165157)

Plant details

This variety of the classic spring-flowering shrub is smaller and more upright but gets bushy with age. It has small bronzed leaves which later change to purple-green. It flowers early with pure-white, single flowers. To grow it successfully you need an acid soil but if your soil is limey, it will grow superbly in a large tub filled with ericaceous, or lime-free compost. A good tip for container-grown camellias is to use rainwater from a water butt instead of tap water which contains too much lime.

Family: Theaceae

Genus: Camellia

Species: cuspidata

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green, Bronze

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 150cm

Flowering period: March to April

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