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Camellia japonica 'White by the Gate'

Description

The Japanese Camellia is one of the predominant species in the genus.  Its many cultivars come in a wide variety of forms, sizes, and colors.  They are best grown in moist, acidic, organically rich, well drained soil.  

'White by the Gate' is a double white cultivar of the winter blooming camellia in the Theaceae (tea) family.  Its pure white blooms set it aside from other white camellias that tend to contain a hint of pink in their coloring. 

Winter hardy in USDA Zones 7 through 9, however, unusually cold temperatures can damage or kill this specimen, particularly when there is a sudden temperature change. 

Like other cultivars in the genus, shelter from cold, dry winds which tend to damage the buds and flowers.  Provide some shade to protect the plant from direct summer sun.  Mature plants can withstand more sun when their roots are covered by a dense canopy of leaves.  Mature plants are drought tolerant.

The optimum time to plant is in the cooler months, November through March.  

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#evergreen#showy flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#winter interest#year-round interest#deer resistant#double flowers#long bloom time#long lifespan#cutting garden#evergreen shrub#winter hardy#humidity tolerant#winter flowers#winter garden#shrub borders#wet soils intolerant#full sun intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Camellia
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Borders, beds
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan, China and Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Buffer
    Easy to Grow
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 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:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Double white flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The glossy, deep green foliage compliments the pure white flowers.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Patchy
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Vertical Spaces
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Foundation Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Understory Tree
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity