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Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme'

Description

The award-winning 'Kramer's Supreme' camellia is a winter-blooming cultivar with brilliant red flowers in the Theaceae family. When grown as a shrub, it tends to have a low canopy, but can also be grown as a small tree.   

Grows best when placed in moist but well drained soil in a location that sheltered from cold or dry wind.  When unprotected, the flowers and buds can sustain damage.  Protection from direct sun in the afternoon.  Young plants need to be watered regularly to prevent the root ball from drying out.

Ensure that your soil meets the nutrient and mild acidity requirements, approximately 6.5 on the scale.  The acid can be raised slightly by adding coffee grounds to the soil.  

Its slow growth rate makes it a great candidate as a container plant.

Requiring little maintenance, pruning and shaping should be accomplished after flowering.  If pruned too early, current season flowers can be damaged.   During the flowering stage, remove spent flowers as well as any dead or weak branches.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Insects that can cause damage include vine weevil, aphids and scale insects.

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#fragrant#evergreen#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#shrub#red flowers#winter interest#understory tree#hedges#long-lasting flowers#double flowers#long lifespan#border planting#cutting garden#acidic soils tolerant#evergreen shrub#understory planting#understory shrub#winter flowers#shrub borders#wet soils intolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#shrub#red flowers#winter interest#understory tree#hedges#long-lasting flowers#double flowers#long lifespan#border planting#cutting garden#acidic soils tolerant#evergreen shrub#understory planting#understory shrub#winter flowers#shrub borders#wet soils intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Camellia
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Landscape
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    The fruits are ornamentally insignificant.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Dome
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Ruffled, deep red, peony-like flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy emerald green foliage.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Multi-stemmed.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Patio
    Pond
    Pool/Hardscape
    Recreational Play Area
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Understory Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Humidity
    Insect Pests