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Camellia 'Winter's Star'

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Description

The Winter's Star Camellia is an early fall season upright dense shrub that would make a great specimen plant or would do well to be planted in a mixed shrub beds or boarder. It is at home in woodland gardens, and can be used effectively as screen or informal hedge planting.  It does not get too large so it is ideal for small spaces and can even be planted in a big pot. 

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.

'Winter's Star' is a large violet-pink single form flower Ackerman hybrid (learn more about the Winter Series hybrids) from the parent plants Camellia oleifera 'Lu Shan Snow' (cold hardiness) and Camellia hiemalis 'Showa-no-sakae' (flower form).

Insects and Diseases: Camellias are susceptible to viruses and some fungal diseases such as dieback, cankers, flower blight, and root rot.  Watch for aphids, plant hoppers and spider mites as they can be problematic when plants are stressed.

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Tags:
#white#evergreen#hardy#small spaces#container plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#show stopper#cold hardy
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#evergreen#hardy#small spaces#container plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#show stopper#cold hardy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Camellia
    Species:
    hybrida
    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: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 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
    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:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Violet pink, 3-4 inch showy flowers with center of bushy golden yellow stamens. Petals are shed individually when the flower is finished blooming 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
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, slightly glossy, dark green leaves.
  • 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
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Frequent Disease Problems
    Frequent Insect Problems