Spring-Flowering Camellias

Camellia x ‘Crimson Candles’ – This cross of Camellia reticulata and Camellia fraterna features late winter to early spring single blooms of rose-pink with contrasting golden stamens – these emerge from red buds. The glossy foliage emerges a bronze-red in spring, maturing to a deep green. ‘Crimson Candles’ was introduced in 1995 and grows 10-12′ high by 6′ wide. Zone 7.

Camellia x ‘Betty Ridley’ – This cultivar is a cross of Camellia japonica ‘Marie Bracey’ and Camellia x ‘Felice Harris’. ‘Betty Ridley’ features formal double blooms of a clear pink that are almost always perfectly formed. It has an open growth habit and glossy evergreen foliage. This somewhat compact Camellia grows 7-10′ high by 6′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

Camellia japonica ‘Tom Knudsen’ – This Japanese Camellia is also listed as a Camellia japonica x Camellia reticulata cross and it is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. The late winter through to early spring scarlet blooms are an impressive peony-form double, with a few yellow stamens peaking through for contrast. ‘Tom Knudsen’ eventually grows 10-12′ high. Hardy to zone 7.

Camellia japonica ‘Desire’ – An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with spectacular symmetrical blooms of near white to pale pink, with deep pink edges. It flowers from late winter into early spring and features glossy evergreen foliage. This cultivar does not appreciate early morning sun and may experience bud drop in that exposure. Grows to 10′ tall and hardy to zone 7.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ – A 1965 introduction by L.E. Jury which has maintained it popularity much in part to its reliability and floriferous nature. This cross of Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ and Camellia saluenensis bears peony-form orchid pink blooms from late winter into early spring. It is also an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner that grows 10-12′ high. Hardy to zone 7.

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