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PlantFiles: Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Spring's Promise'

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Spring's Promise

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RonDEZone7a On Nov 28, 2009, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

This camellia does very well in Wilmington, Delaware (Zone 7a) where we are in the northern edge of "camellia country". My specimen has shown great hardiness with beautiful glossy evergreen foliage and no winter damage. I have it planted in semi-shade in a sheltered alley between my house and my neighbors - but I suspect it would do OK if planted more out in the open. It blooms anytime from November until April, whenever there is a mild spell. The flowers hold up to at least a light frost. Definitely a good camellia to try in Zone 7a and probably 6b. Watch out for rodents / rabbits chewing it's trunk in winter - they apparently like camellias when they are really hungry. I recommend wrapping any camellia trunk with a few rounds of chicken-wire in winter for that reason.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wilmington, Delaware
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Harrisonburg, Virginia

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