• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Camellia 'Doctor Clifford Parks' (japonica × reticulata)

camellia 'Doctor Clifford Parks'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
camellia 'Doctor Clifford Parks'

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  • Other common names camellia 'Doctor Clifford Parks'

  • Family Theaceae

  • Genus Camellia are evergreen shrubs with simple, ovate, glossy, leathery leaves and showy flowers with solitary or clustered flowers early in the year

  • Details 'Doctor Clifford Parks' is a vigorous hybrid with an upright bushy habit. The large, semi-double to loose peony form, flowers are clear red with prominent gold anthers which cast an orange glow on the petals

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in partial or dappled shade with fertile acid or neutral soils, rich in organic matter and a mulch of bark chips or other organic material. Choose a sheltered spot to prevent winter damage. For container cultivation use a growing medium suitable for ericaceous plants - see camellia cultivation

Propagation Propagate by semi-ripe or leaf-bud cuttings from late summer to late winter.

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8 after flowering

Pests Can get aphids, cushion scale and vine weevil

Diseases Flowers may be infected by camellia petal blight, camellia leaf blight and camellia leaf gall. Can be affected by Phytophthora and honey fungus. May suffer from nutrient deficiency on alkaline soils

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