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Camellia 'Winter's Star'

Common Name(s):
Winter's Star camellia
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

This upright shrub would make a great specimin 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.  It prefers a protected partial shade avoiding hottest afternoon summer sun and winter frost. New leaf growth in the spring is an interesting burgundy color which turns into glossy dark green as the leaves grow and age. Pink flushed buds open to fragrant, semi-double snowy white flowers from October through November and make wonderful cut flowers.  After flowering lighly prune plant if necessary to improve appearance.

'Winter's Star' is an Ackerman hybrid (learn more about the Winter Series hybrids) from the parent plants Camellia oleifera (cold hardiness) and Camellia hiemalis 'Showa-no-sake' (flower form).

This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Insects and Diseases: Camellias are suseptible 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.

Height:
6-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, slightly glossy, dark green leaves
Flower:
Six-petaled, 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.
Zones:
6b-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Moist but well-drained acidic to neutral soil with lots of organic content; protect from frost, summer sun and winter wind and mulch soil regularly with organic material.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright
Width:
5-7 ft.
Tags:
cold-tolerant, low maintenance, show stopper, showstopper, container, cut flowers, white, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2817

Camellia 'Winter's Star' Camellia 'Winter's Star'
Photo by Rachelgreenbelt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Camellia 'Winter's Star' flower
David J. Stang, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Camellia 'Winter's Star' flower
David J. Stang, CC BY-SA - 4.0