Camellia problems: frequently asked questions

Camellias are spectacular plants when in flower, and by growing a range of species and cultivars the gardener can have plants in bloom from autumn to early summer. Many of the common problems arise from growing these woodland, acid-loving plants in the wrong conditions, although they are also prone to a range of pests and diseases.Here we give answers to many of the common problems encountered. They are grouped by the area of the shrub affected: roots, stems and branches, leaves and flowers.

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Camellia 'Phyl Doak' (reticulata × saluenensis)

Quick facts

Most common problems
  • Non-flowering
  • Leaf yellowing
  • Frost damage
  • Cushion scale
  • Sooty mould
  • Root diseases

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