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Camellia japonica 'Pink Perfection'

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Perfection

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By simple layering
By air layering

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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TomPrestonMD On Apr 14, 2013, TomPrestonMD from Preston, MD wrote:

Has done well here in MD zone7b flowers are beautiful and everyone I know that sees it wants one.

Positive RebeccaPinckney On Mar 23, 2013, RebeccaPinckney from Atlanta, GA wrote:

My dear Mother, a lady named Angel Brooks, introduced this lovely camellia to me from my grandmother's yard next door to our home in Tallahassee, Florida. She brought a cutting to my yard in Atlanta, GA in 1980 in honor of the birth of our first son. The plant has grown into a 4' x 5' shrub covered with the lovely pink blossoms year after year. Mama called it "Pink of Perfection", a term which I used into adulthood until I looked up the correct name in a botanical book. I still like my mother's version.

Positive sllplgitw On Feb 27, 2010, sllplgitw from Nicholson, GA wrote:

Despite the weather, after twelve years, this slow grower has never failed to be covered with blooms of exquisite beauty with little care.

Positive MotherNature4 On Feb 20, 2009, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

You still can't beat the beauty of perfection in this lovely old favorite. It was my first camellia 60 years ago.

Neutral DreamOfSpring On Mar 12, 2006, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

The original Japanese name is Usu Otome. Imported to US in 1875. Blooms are near perfect, light, clear pink, formal doubles and are rather small. In victorian times the blooms of this variety were popular as boutonnieres.


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

Bartow, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Milton, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Nicholson, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Preston, Maryland
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Brooklyn, New York
Oakland, Oregon
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Lakewood, Washington

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