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Camellia japonica 'La Peppermint'

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

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:
Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive moparman On Jan 15, 2012, moparman from Leary, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

mswestover - your camellia is beautiful, but it definitely is not 'La Peppermint'. La Peppermint blooms are white or pale pink stripped with carmine.
This is an old variety (pre 1900) that is not seen frequently. After 10 years (from cutting), my plant is approximately 4 ft tall. I enjoy when this variety blooms, because every bloom has slightly difference stripping; and occasionally it sports unique flowers.

Positive mswestover On Oct 2, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The plant was here when I bought this place five years ago. It has only grown two feet in those five years. Flowers like crazy in Feb. It is growing under a live oak tree.


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

Yulee, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Folsom, Louisiana
Pride, Louisiana
Dallas, Texas
Texarkana, Texas

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