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Christmas Carol Camellia

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$36.98
  • Semi-double flowers with soft red and white edges and golden stamen in the center
  • Matures to 3-5' wide by 5-7' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 7 - 9
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
Pot size

Description

The Christmas Carol™ Camellia is an exciting new selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection! This variety is a hybrid of Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua, and the result is something truly fantastic. Its blooms are semi-double and soft red with white edges and golden stamen in the center. These blooms stand out in the landscape, and really compliment the colors of the holiday season! The hybrid nature of the Christmas Carol means that it has an extended bloom period. Expect it to start blooming in fall and continue through the Christmas season.

The foliage falls somewhere between the flatter, darker Sasanqua leaves and the robust and glossy Japonica leaves. These leaves are dark green, notably pointed, and leathery with a slightly serrated edge.

The growth is not characteristically upright, like Camellia japonica. Instead, it tends to have less rigid growth, even semi-weeping in some instances.

The Christmas Carol Camellia reaches a mature size of 5-7' H x 3-5' W.

Use the Christmas Carol Camellia as an accent, hedge, mass planting, privacy planting, or even in a large container. Plant a long row of them on your property line for an impressive fall flower display that is just as functional as it is beautiful.

Check out a couple of other exciting new Southern Living Plant Collection varieties, the Early Wonder Camellia and the October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia. Additionally, take a look at another hybrid Camellia, the Egao Corkscrew Camellia.

Care Specifications for the Christmas Carol Camellia

Hardy from USDA Zones 7-9, and down to 0°F once completely situated in the landscape.

Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade for best results, 3-4 hours of direct sun or all-day filtered sun. Too little sun results in decreased bloom and foliage growth.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. Reduce watering to 1-2 times per week in the second growing season. Afterward, provide supplemental water in times of extreme drought and heat.

Fertilize once or twice yearly with an acidic plant fertilizer, or an organic acidic plant fertilizer.

The Christmas Carol Camellia has temperature-sensitive roots. So we recommend applying 3-4 inches of mulch around the plant yearly.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Christmas Carol Camellia Spacing Recommendations

Space your Christmas Carol Camellias 2.5 feet apart from center to center for seamless planting. Plant them 5+ feet apart for space between plantings.

  • Scientific Name
    Camellia x vernalis 'Green J-039'
  • Hardiness Zone
    7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Flowering
  • Feature Color
    Green, Red, White
  • Uses
    Accent, Coastal, Container, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Planting, Woodland Garden
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Winter, Fall

Growing Zones : 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 7-9
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A collection of shrubs, trees, and perennials selected by plant experts to thrive in the heat of the South. Find traditional varieties like camellias mixed with new landscape favorites like agapanthus. These varieties have been bred to tackle landscape challenges specific to the region.

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Christmas Carol Camellia

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The Christmas Carol™ Camellia is an exciting new selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection! This variety is a hybrid of Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua, and the result is something truly fantastic. Its blooms are semi-double and soft red with white edges and golden stamen in the center. These blooms stand out in the landscape, and really compliment the colors of the holiday season! The hybrid nature of the Christmas Carol means that it has an extended bloom period. Expect it to start blooming in fall and continue through the Christmas season.

The foliage falls somewhere between the flatter, darker Sasanqua leaves and the robust and glossy Japonica leaves. These leaves are dark green, notably pointed, and leathery with a slightly serrated edge.

The growth is not characteristically upright, like Camellia japonica. Instead, it tends to have less rigid growth, even semi-weeping in some instances.

The Christmas Carol Camellia reaches a mature size of 5-7' H x 3-5' W.

Use the Christmas Carol Camellia as an accent, hedge, mass planting, privacy planting, or even in a large container. Plant a long row of them on your property line for an impressive fall flower display that is just as functional as it is beautiful.

Check out a couple of other exciting new Southern Living Plant Collection varieties, the Early Wonder Camellia and the October Magic White Shi Shi Camellia. Additionally, take a look at another hybrid Camellia, the Egao Corkscrew Camellia.

Care Specifications for the Christmas Carol Camellia

Hardy from USDA Zones 7-9, and down to 0°F once completely situated in the landscape.

Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade for best results, 3-4 hours of direct sun or all-day filtered sun. Too little sun results in decreased bloom and foliage growth.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. Reduce watering to 1-2 times per week in the second growing season. Afterward, provide supplemental water in times of extreme drought and heat.

Fertilize once or twice yearly with an acidic plant fertilizer, or an organic acidic plant fertilizer.

The Christmas Carol Camellia has temperature-sensitive roots. So we recommend applying 3-4 inches of mulch around the plant yearly.

Pot size

  • 2 Gallon
  • 2.5 Quart
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