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Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'White by the Gate'

Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: White by the Gate
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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:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Marietta, Georgia

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 31, 2008, panicum from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

Vossner's photo shows a lower blossom that is brown. Typical for white-flowered C. jap. in NC, for two reasons. Frost is highly unpredictable, and the distribution of the browning suggests that was the problem.

There is also Blossom Rot or blight caused by a fungus, with the darker petal veins supposedly the clue. We are supposed to keep all blossoms/petals off the ground, from which it spreads, which will be more of a chore with cold dropping buds as well as blooms; and we can use fungicides as drench and at bud-break and later. I'm fighting that on unknown white C.j. and 'Pink Perfection' with some success -- but will not fight cold damage with covers and all that.

Where I see the reds, I don't see the cold problem here as much, and so far none of th... read more