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PlantFiles: Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia
Camellia japonica 'San Dimas'

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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1971

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:
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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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wallaby1 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 stamens, and are a rich dark red. It has a compact habit, and quite large dark green leaves, a combination which is very attractive. Flowering is mid to late season, mine has flowered for many weeks in spring mostly from March toMay, a time when little else flowers.


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

Daphne, Alabama

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