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Camellia tsaii

A large evergreen shrub or small tree that can reach up to 10m high, with pendulous branches and elliptic, glossy dark green leaves, sometimes with wavy edges. Produces small single white flowers from the leaf axils from mid to late winter

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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter White Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Theaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Pendulous weeping
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

This half-hardy species may be grown outdoors in frost-free areas, though in colder areas it is best grown in a bed in a cool greenhouse, or in a large container that can be moved indoors over winter. Outdoors, grow in acidic soil in partial shade and maintain a deep mulch year round; under glass, grow in lime-free (ericaceous) compost in bright filtered light and water with soft water (rainwater). See camellia cultivation for more detailed advice

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 8 (evergreens)

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, scale insects and vine weevil

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus, phytophthora root rot, camellia gall, camellia leaf blight and camellia yellow mottle virus. Flowers may be susceptible to camellia petal blight

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