• 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 'Inspiration' (reticulata × saluenensis)

camellia 'Inspiration'

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 'Inspiration'

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  • Other common names camellia 'Inspiration'

  • Synonyms Camellia × williamsii 'Inspiration'

  • 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 'Inspiration' is a large compact shrub of erect habit. Flowers 10-12cm in width, semi-double deep rose-pink

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • 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

  • Full Shade

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

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Suitable for woodland and acidic soils sheltered from cold winds, early morning sun and late frosts to avoid flower and bud damage. See camellia cultivation

Propagation Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings of the current years growth 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

Pests Can get aphids, cushion scale and vine weevil

Diseases May be affected by honey fungus, phytophthora root rot, camellia gall, camellia yellow mottle virus and flowers may be infected by camellia petal blight

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