Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'Lemon Glow'

Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lemon Glow
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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 Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring




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

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 18, 2015, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Has been growing well in my z9a, part shade, amended soil and this year it had lots of buds. Which the deer promptly smacked on. Hoping is recovers. I put a tomato cage to deter nibbling, although a little too late for this year


On Nov 9, 2010, silkroad from Lady's Island, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is an enthusiastic spring bloomer. From a distance, the flowers appear white, but a closer inspection will see a "lemon glow" in the center of the fairly large blossom. Once established, it has proved to be fairly drought tolerant. No problems with pests or diseases. Just give it enough room to breathe. Slow grower. I recommend it highly.


On Mar 22, 2006, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Hardy little gem
Heeled in October 2005
Blooming like crazy, March 2006
Not in its permanent position but it will be close by since it seems pretty happy here.
The flowers do glow in the lower light area and call you in for a closer look.
3 1/2 - 4-inch flowers
Absolutely beautiul
Doing Great in Upper South Carolina

lost this plant this winter maybe because it sat under snow for over a week...going to try this plant again though in a different location soon. Have only had limited availibility.