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Camellia 'Polar Ice'

Common Name(s):
Polar ice camellia
Cultivar(s):
'Polar Ice'
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

This shrub grows at a moderately fast rate. Mass in mixed shrub boarders for great winter color.  Grows well in containers and looks natural in a woodland garden.  Needs consistantly moist, well-drained acidic soil.  Provide a sheltered site as flower and leaf buds can be damaged by cold or wind.  Early morning and direct afternoon sun can be too harsh for this shrub as is prefers partial shade.  Prune after flowering.

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

'Polar ice' is an anenome form camellia that is an Ackerman hybrid (learn more about the Winter Series camellias) cross between Camellia oleifera (cold hardiness) and Camellia 'Frost princess' (flower form).

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

Height:
6-8 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, leathery, glossy dark green with crenate to moderately serrate margins
Flower:
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
Zones:
6b-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Prefers light shade and consistently moist, organically rich, well-drained acidic soil. Mulch regularly with organic material.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, spreading
Width:
5-7 ft.
Tags:
cold-tolerant, low maintenance, show stopper, showstopper, winter series, container garden, container, cut flowers, white, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2819

Camellia 'Polar Ice' flower
Camellia 'Polar Ice' Camellia 'Polar Ice'
United States Botanic Garden