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Camellia japonica 'Volunteer'

camellia 'Volunteer'

An upright, evergreen shrub with ovate, glossy, leathery, dark green leaves and, from midwinter to early spring, double, reddish-pink flowers with white petal margins

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Red White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Pink Red White Green
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Theaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, acid soil in sheltered shade. Protect buds & flowers from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Feed in mid-spring and early summer with a sequestered iron fertiliser. If container grown, use ericaceous compost. Suitable for wall training.

Propagation

Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8. Best left unpruned except for removal of unsightly shoots and deadheading, unless some shaping is required, and if so, as it is early flowering, carry out carry out thereafter.

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects, aphids and vine weevil

Diseases

May be susceptible to camellia gall and camellia petal blight

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