The Rose of Winter (Camellia japonica)

A beautiful elegant shrub with dark green glossy foliage. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, ±4m x 3m. Sun to Shade. Bee friendly.

Culture

Camellia japonica and most of its cultivars are considered to be winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9. Even where winter hardy, unusually cold temperatures in winter (below 10 degrees F), particularly when occurring as a sudden temperature change, can damage or sometimes kill these plants. Japanese camellias may not be grown outdoors year round in the St. Louis area (USDA Zone 6) except for a very limited number of recently developed cultivars which have displayed exceptional hardiness.

Where winter hardy, Camellia japonica should be grown in moist, acidic (5.5 to 6.5 pH), loose, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Consistent and even moisture is important. Avoid wet soils. Plants require protection from direct afternoon sun and wind. Best location may be sun-dappled part shade. Best with a root mulch. Near the northern parts of their growing range, plants should be sited in sheltered and protected microclimates such as near the south side of a home or building. Burlap wraps are sometimes helpful. Plants generally dislike changes in temperature, irregular watering or being moved. Even a change in humidity can cause plants to drop buds. Fertilize monthly in spring and summer. If desired, remove all but one bud from each cluster to increase the size of the flower. Prune immediately after flowering.

Container plants are an option for the St. Louis area and other places where plants are not winter hardy, but containers are typically not an effective option because camellias generally overwinter poorly in private residences where growing conditions and room temperatures cannot be controlled. For container plants to thrive indoors, they must be overwintered in a temperature-controlled environment such as a greenhouse where maximum winter temperatures range from 45 to 55 degrees F. Flower buds typically fall off where winter temperatures exceed 55 degrees F.

A limited number of cultivars of this species are now temperature rated to USDA Zone 6, and may be grown outdoors all year in the St. Louis area in protected locations around homes, foundations and patios

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Floradale Nursery – East London
Builders Express – East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse – Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Harrismith Kwekery – Harrismith
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

4 Seasons Nursery – Heidelberg
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Earth Outdoor Living – Fourways
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Garden World – Muldersdrift
Hecker Nursery – Boksburg
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Ludwig’s Roses – Egoli
Ludwig’s Roses – Farm
Ludwig’s Roses – Pretoria East
Mercury Build It – Brakpan
Montrose Nursery – Morningside
Nicolas Plants – Northriding
Plantland – Akasia
Plantland – Lombardy
Plantland – Menlyn
Plantland – The Wilds
Plantland – Zambesi
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Plant Ranch – Centurion
Plant Ranch – Germiston
Safari Tuinsentrum – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
Builders Express – Bryanston
Builders Express – Cedar Square
Builders Express – Florida Glen
Builders Express – Greenstone
Builders Express – Lambton
Builders Express – Norwood
Builders Express – Robindale
Builders Express – Wonderpark
Builders Warehouse – Bedworth Park
Builders Warehouse – Boksburg
Builders Warehouse – Centurion
Builders Warehouse – Edenvale
Builders Warehouse – Gleneagles
Builders Warehouse – Kempton Park
Builders Warehouse – Northriding
Builders Warehouse – Rivonia
Builders Warehouse – Strubens Valley
Builders Warehouse – Woodlands
Builders Warehouse – Zambesi
GardenShop Broadacres
GardenShop Bryanston
GardenShop Edenvale
GardenShop Flora Farm
GardenShop Menlo Park
GardenShop Parktown North

KwaZulu-Natal Stockists:

Blackwood’s Home of Gardening – Pietermaritzburg
Garden Pavilion Halls – Kingsburgh
Hingham Nursery – Durban North
Plant Nursery – Bluff
Builders Express – Amanzimtoti
Builders Express – Ballito
Builders Express – Hillcrest
Builders Express – Pietermaritzburg
Builders Express – South Coast
Builders Express – Umhlanga
Builders Warehouse – Riverhorse

Limpopo Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Polokwane
Garden Pavilion – Sterkloop
Greener Tidings – Polokwane
Hardekoolskroon Kwekery – Phalaborwa

Mpumalanga Stockists:

Builders Warehouse – Emalahleni
Fever Tree Nursery – Nelspruit
Garden Pavilion – Montana
Garden Pavilion – White River
Imbali Garden Centre – Lydenburg
Ninfa Tuinsentrum – Middelburg
Van Den Berg’s Kwekery – Emalahleni

North West Stockists:

Clarks Tuinsentrum – Lichtenburg
Countryside Kwekery – Brits
Garden Pavilion – Geelhout
Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom
Sittig’s Nursery – Hartebeespoort

Western Cape Stockists:

Cape Garden – Joostenbergvlakte
Cape Garden – Somerset West
Cape Garden – Stellenbosch
Ludwigs Roses Winelands – Stellenbosch
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Tulbagh Kwekery – Tulbagh
Vredendal Kwekery – Vredendal
Builders Express – Kenilworth
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Express – Stellenbosch
Builders Express – Willowbridge
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – George
Builders Warehouse – Helderberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

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