The Egao Corkscrew Camellia is a winner in foliage, branches, and blooms. So you could say that it’s a bit of an overachiever! Branches grow in twists and loops in an unexpected fashion. This unusual growth habit only becomes more intriguing with age, as older stems mature and younger ones develop. Therefore, a mature plant is truly a sight to behold!
The Egao Corkscrew isn’t all branches though. This Camellia features fantastic soft-pink ruffled blooms from late fall to early winter.
These flowers span 2.5-3 inches across and average around 15 petals. They emerge in droves, transforming the appearance of this shrub.
Furthermore, they sit atop glossy, dark green, evergreen foliage. These leaves are a fantastic accent for their characteristic brightly-colored blossoms. Expect it to provide plenty of late-season interest while most of your landscape is getting ready for a winter nap.
This Corkscrew Camellia originally came from a sport of a Camellia sasanqua and Camellia japonica hybrid. Over the next 8 years, propagation and stabilization occurred on 30 different plants. Then the Egao Corkscrew was ready to hit the market, where it rocked gardens the world-over!
Try it out as an accent, specimen, Bonsai, or hedge. We recommend a planting location that will allow a full view of this shrub. For example, a raised garden bed or a large planter.
Plant the Egao Corkscrew with Everillo Carex Grass for a unique container planting.
Reaches a mature size of 6-8′ H x 6-8′ W.
Check out another hybrid Camellia, the Christmas Carol Camellia.
This variety thrives in Full Sun to Partial Shade. 4-6 hours a day allows for optimal bloom production. However, gardeners in the Southern U.S. should try to provide the bulk of direct sun in the morning.
Water regularly until well-established, at least the first 3 months. This will allow the roots to penetrate further into the soil, ensuring future success. Afterward, only provide supplemental watering during dry weeks.
Plant the Egao Corkscrew Camellia in rich, well-draining acidic soil for best results. After planting, check frequently to ensure that your plant is neither staying too soggy or drying out.
Fertilize with an acidic plant fertilizer in early spring before new growth has begun to emerge. Additionally, a yearly layer of composted manure will keep your soil enriched over time.
Space your Egao Corkscrew Camellias 4-5 feet apart for tightly intertwining foliage. Plant them 8+ feet apart for space between shrubs.