The Early Wonder Camellia from the Southern Living Plant Collection is a brand new selection for 2019! This is a Camellia japonica variety, therefore, it has many of the qualities people love about this breed of plants. However, most Japonica varieties begin blooming in late fall to early winter, and that’s where the Early Wonder breaks the mold. This selection begins blooming in Fall, a time when traditionally only Camellia sasanqua varieties are in bloom! And these flowers are absolute show-stoppers. Each bloom is a large, formal, and rosy pink with double petals. You won’t get tired of looking at these blossoms anytime soon, which is good because they emerge in huge numbers.
The Early Wonder Camellia produces leathery, dark green leaves with lightly serrated edges. This foliage is evergreen and grows naturally in an upright habit.
This variety reaches a mature height of 6-8′ H x 4-6′ W, so be sure to leave room for it to grow.
The Early Wonder Camellia is a perfect choice for a specimen, accent, mass planting, hedge, or even a privacy planting.
Early Wonder Camellia Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 7-9, down to 0°F when fully established in the landscape.
Plant in Full Sun to Partial Shade for best results, at least 3-4 hours of direct sun a day. Too little sun results in decreased foliage and bloom production.
Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season while experiencing average weather conditions. During the second season, provide 1-2 supplementary waterings weekly.
The Early Wonder Camellia, like other camellias, prefers slightly acidic soil with good drainage. If you don’t know your soil pH, consider picking up a pH tester. If the pH is too high, supplement your soil with elemental sulfur to lower it.
Fertilize yearly with either a slow-release acidic plant fertilizer or an organic acidic plant fertilizer.
Early Wonder Camellia Spacing Recommendations
For a solid wall of foliage, plant your Early Wonder Camellias about 3 feet apart. For slight space between plantings or a casual plant screen, plant them 5+ feet apart.