• 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 'Leonard Messel' (reticulata × (× williamsii))

camellia 'Leonard Messel'

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 'Leonard Messel'

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  • Other common names camellia 'Leonard Messel'

  • Synonyms Camellia japonica 'Leonard Messel'
    Camellia reticulata 'Leonard Messel'

  • 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 'Leonard Messel' is a large rounded shrub with semi-double, clear rose-pink flowers to 12cm across and prominent yellow stamens

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)

    H5

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 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in fertile acid or neutral soils, rich in organic matter with a mulch of bark chips or other organic material. For container cultivation use a lime free medium and keep the containers outdoors in summer in a shaded site.

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

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 Flowers may be infected by camellia petal blight

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