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Autumn Spirit Camellia Camellia x 'Autumn Spirit'

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Description

A hybrid of C. oleifera x C. sasanqua, Autumn Spirit Camellia can be grown as a large shrub or small tree.  This evergreen can be a focal point in your garden, as a border or placed as a home foundation plant.  Blooming in the fall, it can add color to your landscape when other plants have lost their blooms. 

It can adapt to a variety of conditions, but for the best performance, moist, acidic, organically rich soil with good drainage is paramount. Locations that fail to drain properly will damage and eventually kill this plant.  

Cold tolerant, but not winter hardy, in more northern climates it can be grown in a container and brought inside late in the season as the temperatures drop.  When container grown, it may not reach its full potential when compared to when planted outdoors in a garden.  Container grown plants also require more frequent watering.

Provide protection from southern afternoon sun.  

Pruning can be accomplished after flowering.

This Camellia makes an excellent choice for a woodland border.  For this application, plant your shrubs 4 feet apart.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Like other varieties of Camellia, the most serious issues affecting these plants are canker, flower blight, root rot and dieback.  Prevention and treatment can avoid these issues.  

Insects include aphids and spider mites.  Again, prevention and treatment can keep these insects under control.

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Tags:
#hummingbirds#evergreen#drought tolerant#fall flowers#shrub#pink flowers#broadleaf evergreen#deer resistant#frost tolerant#double flowers#long lifespan#cutting garden#acidic soils tolerant#shrub borders#wet soils intolerant#broadleaf#fall color#low canopy
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#evergreen#drought tolerant#fall flowers#shrub#pink flowers#broadleaf evergreen#deer resistant#frost tolerant#double flowers#long lifespan#cutting garden#acidic soils tolerant#shrub borders#wet soils intolerant#broadleaf#fall color#low canopy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Camellia
    Family:
    Theaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Home landscape.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Buffer
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Open
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    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:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Shape:
    Wheel
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The flower blooms in early fall (around September and October). The hot pink double flowers form at the ends of the branches.
  • 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:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The deep green, oval shaped foliage has serrated edges and pointed tips.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Multi-stemmed.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer