Camellias for the Greater Sacramento Area

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 23, 2016 10:28:03 AM

Camellia shrubs have been cultivated for thousands of years, and it's easy to see why. There are hundreds of varieties on the market today, ranging from a wide range of flower types, fragrance and form. We've selected the best varieties for our area, Camellia Capital of the World

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Camellia sasanqua AKA Sun Camellias have glossy green foliage, and are generally more sun-tolerant than Japanese Camellias. Their flowers are simple and sometimes lightly fragrant. They bloom fall through winter. 

Here are some of our favorite Sun Camellias:

  • 'Bonanza': Frilly peony-form of bright red blooms grace this low growing, spreading plant. 
  • 'Cleopatra': Rose pink semi double flowers have slightly undulating petals on an upright shrub.
  • 'Kanjiro': Bright pink semi double blooms on a low growing, mounding plant. Excellent choice for a foundation shrub. 
  • 'Setsugekka': Bright yellow stamens peek through concentric rings of wavy white petals. Graceful semi weeping form is ideal for espalier. 
  • 'Yuletide': One of the most popular varieties, bears dozens of single red flowers on a sturdy, upright shrub. 

Camellia japonica or Japanese Camellias tend to have slightly larger leaves than the sasanqua varieties, and more intricate formal flowers. They bloom winter through early spring. 

Here are just a few of the many choices available:

  • 'Bob Hope': Large, vigorous shrub produces very large semi double crimson blooms with golden yellow stamens peeking through. 
  • 'Chandleri Elegans': A striking example of anemone-form blooms, mottled with pink and white. 
  • 'Magnoliaeflora': The pale pink petals of this semi double flower curve slightly inward, adding depth. 
  • 'Mrs. Charles Cobb': The deep red petals of this large, semi double peony-form flower almost resemble a full, frilly petticoat. 
  • 'Nuccio's Gem': Prized for its creamy white petals laid out in a pleasing symmetrical pattern. 

Camellias are so popular because of the numerous varieties, long bloom season, and perfect beauty-to-effort ratio.

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Our Plant Pick: Camellias

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Our Plant Pick: Camellias

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 10, 2016 10:11:24 AM

Our Plant Pick: Camellias

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Camellias are a hardy evergreen shrub native to eastern and southern Asia. They have a long history of cultivation there, as the leaves of one species - Camellia sinensis - are harvested to produce tea. Ornamental varieties such as the Japanese (Camellia japonica) and Sun (Camellia sasanqua) are commonly found in the United States, although there is nothing common about the beauty and diversity offered by this flowering shrub. 

GA_FOL_Janet-Camellia-s-WEB-658155-edited.jpgCamellia flowers come in six forms: anemone, formal double, peony, rose-form double, semi-double and single. These flowers come in white, pink, red or a combination thereof resulting in dozens of unique varieties. Sacramento is the Camellia Capital of the World, if you walk around the grid this winter you may be graced by the sight of 15-foot-tall camellia shrubs in bloom, some of them over 100 years old.

Despite their delicate appearance, Camellias are actually very resilient. They thrive in our climate when planted in rich, acidic soil with afternoon shade. Starting in late summer, fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Ultra Bloom to encourage cold hardiness and maximum flowering. Clean up flowers that have fallen to reduce your risk of petal blight, a fungal disease which causes rust-colored spots on petals. After bloom, prune to shape and fertilize again with E.B. Stone Azalea & Camellia food. 

Janet's plant pick is Camellias because:

"The sasanqua varieties start blooming in the fall, and then the japonicas go all the way through spring, keeping color in the garden all winter long."

Are you looking to keep your garden colorful this season? Check out some cool-season container ideas  Winter Container Ideas

 

Topics: Fall Shrubs, Winter, Flowers, Shrubs, Planting Ideas, Flowers for Shade, Camellias

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