Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'San Dimas'

Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: San Dimas
Hybridized by Thomas
Registered or introduced: 1971
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Daphne, Alabama

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 5, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this as a young plant from Trehane camellia nursery in January 1999. It has always flowered quite well, at one stage I felt it was struggling so put it in a greenhouse for the winter. With good care and regular potting on in a suitable medium (I use gritty river soil/leafy compost/moss peat mix), some shade, regular watering in dry periods, and keeping the scale insects at bay, it will grow and flower better than many reds, which are sometimes tricky and a little tender.

San Dimas has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit and a hardiness rating of 4, which means hardy throughout the UK, most of which is USDA zone 8, but must be able to tolerate at least a full zone beneath that.

The flowers are of a semi-double form, with a mass of yellow sta... read more