The Mine No Yuki Camellia is also known as the White Doves Camellia, and with just one look at their plentifully petaled blooms you will quickly see why! Each bloom is large, ruffled and glistening white with a semi-double form. Furthermore, you’ll find a gorgeous golden center in the middle of the flower. These blooms tend to span between 3-4 inches wide, and have a distinctly feathery appearance. Expect it to begin flowering in fall and continue into early winter.
This Camellia features reliably beautiful, dark evergreen foliage with a leathery appearance and has serrated edges that finally come to a point at the end of each leaf. With a naturally rounded growth pattern, the maintenance of this shrub is simple as it requires very little if any pruning at all.
Once established, this white blooming Camellia is somewhat drought tolerant. In addition, this variety is popular with birds that enjoy making nests and taking shelter in its thick, sturdy branches.
The White Doves Camellia reaches a mature size of 5-8′ H x 5-8′ wide. Because of this, it’s ideal as a hedge, specimen, accent, mass planting, or container.
Hardy from USDA Zones 7-9, down to 0°F.
Planting in Partial to Filtered Sun will allow the Camellia to produce the best foliage and blooms that the plant is capable of. 2-3 hours of direct sun or the all-day filtered sun will be what you want your plant to receive.
Like most Camellias, the White Doves Camellia needs slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Soil that is too alkaline will need to be treated with elemental sulfur or another soil acidifier of your choice. Water 2-3 times per week for the duration of the first growing season and reduce watering by half for the second season as it has established itself.
As your Mine No Yuki ages, supplementary watering will no longer be necessary except during EXTREME drought and high temperatures. If you want to fertilize, do so in the spring with an acidic plant fertilizer.
For seamless planting, place your Camellias 3 feet apart. Alternatively, space them 5+ feet apart for gaps between plants.