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Marie Bracey Camellia (Japonica)

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About Marie Bracey Camellia (Japonica)

The Marie Bracey Camellia is a rare pop of color for any winter landscape! This beauty produces brilliant pink, fully double blooms with fantastically ruffled inner petals and yellow centers. These blooms start appearing in winter and continue into spring, making this one of the longest blooming varieties around. Furthermore, these blooms are quite large at around 4″ across.

Besides the huge eye-catching blossoms, the Marie Bracey Camellia has gorgeous dark-green leaves with a glossy and leathery texture. Each leaf is pointed, evergreen, and lightly serrated on the edge.

This pink blooming camellia reaches a mature height of 8-10′ H x 8′ W. However, it can be trimmed yearly to keep it at a desired size. Left untrimmed, it has a naturally compact, upright growth habit.

This is a great variety for Southern landscapes due to its heat and humidity tolerance.

Use the Marie Bracey Camellia as a privacy screen, hedge, specimen, accent, or mass planting. Otherwise, try it in a large container planting.

Check out a couple other popular Camellia japonica varieties, the Professor Sargent Camellia and Hilda Honeycutt Camellia.

Marie Bracey Camellia Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 7-10, down to 0° when completely established.

Prefers Filtered Sun to Partial Sun. Provide all-day filtered sun or 2-3 hours of direct sun for best results.

Water 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. During the second growing season, decrease watering to about 1-2 times a week. Afterwards, the Marie Bracey Camellia only needs water during extreme drought and heat.

Plant in rich, acidic soil with good drainage for best results. In addition, apply 3-4 inches of composted manure yearly to keep your soil healthy and full of organic matter.

Fertilize in early spring with an acidic plant fertilizer to keep your camellia happy and healthy.

Apply a few inches of mulch yearly to protect this camellia’s roots from extreme temperatures.

Spacing Your Marie Bracey Camellia 

Space Your Marie Bracey Camellia 6 feet apart for a seamless planting. Otherwise, plant them 8+ feet apart to leave space between shrubs.

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Common Name
Marie Bracey Camellia (Japonica)
Scientific Name
Camellia japonica 'Spellbound'
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Average Size
8-10' H x 6-8' W
Bloom Season
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