Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia
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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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Red

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.