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Camellia 'Polar Ice' is often confused with:
Polyspora axillaris Flower and Leaves
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Camellia 'Snow Flurry' Camellia 'Snow Flurry'
Camellia 'Winter's Star' Camellia 'Winter's Star'
Camellia 'Winter's Rose' Camellia 'Winter's Rose'
Camellia 'Polar Ice' has some other problems:
Wind Damage
Sunburn

Camellia 'Polar Ice'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ka-MEE-lee-ah
Description

The Polar Ice Camellia is a moderately fast-growing evergreen shrub that has been bred for its superior cold-hardiness and striking white flowers. Mass in mixed shrub borders for great winter color.  Grows well in containers and looks natural in a woodland garden. 

Like most camellias, this plant needs consistently moist, well-drained, acidic soil with high organic matter.  Provide a sheltered site as flower and leaf buds may experience damage by cold winter winds. Early morning and direct afternoon sun can be too harsh so plant in partial shade and be aware that an area too heavily shaded can limit flowering. The size and shape of the plant can be controlled and overall health improved by pruning the branches after flowering.

This showy plant is great for cut flowers and is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

'Polar Ice' is an anemone form camellia that is an Ackerman hybrid (learn more about the Winter Series camellias) cross between Camellia oleifera 'Plain Jane' (cold hardiness) and Camellia 'Frost Princess' (flower form).

Insect and Disease Problems: Camellias are susceptible to viruses and some fungal diseases such as dieback, cankers, flower blight, and root rot.  Watch for aphids, planthoppers, and spider mites.  They are especially problematic on stressed plants.

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Tags:
#white#evergreen#hardy#container plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#show stopper#winter series#deer resistant#cold hardy
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#evergreen#hardy#container plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#show stopper#winter series#deer resistant#cold hardy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Camellia
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    U.S. National Arboretum’s Breeding Program
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Mildly deer resistant, resistant to cold
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Insignificant small woody capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    3-3.5 inch, fragrant snow white anemone-form flowers with 12 large petals surrounding a convex mass of smaller petals and golden yellow stamens. Blooms for six weeks fall into winter October to December. Petals are shed individually after bloom so there is no need for deadheading
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, leathery, glossy dark green with crenate to moderately serrate margins
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Bark Description:
    Smooth sandy brown bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Recreational Play Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Frequent Disease Problems
    Frequent Insect Problems