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Camellia japonica 'Akebono'

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

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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)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive d2436 On Feb 1, 2012, d2436 from Canyon Country, CA wrote:

I have this Camellia on the side of a carport. It receives morning sun and seems to be thriving. It was bought at Nuccio's Nursery in Altadena, Ca. I obtained it and planted it on January of 2011. I think it was in a three gallon pot and a year later has put up significant growth. The flowers are outstanding as they have a sweet fragrance and delicate color tones. I think the Camellia is over 4 feet tall. For myself personally Camellias seem to do better in the ground. An amendment of Camellia/Azelea soil was necessary. I think anybody that lives in the appropriate zone and has an area that gets little sun should try Camellias as they ad color to the garden during the winter months.

Positive Get_growing On Jan 21, 2011, Get_growing from Dallas, TX wrote:

I believe the full name of this plant is Minato-no-Akebono. Note: I found information from various sources and am posting since there were no postings on it. I do NOT own it. The only place I could find it available for purchase is at online nursery Pernell Gerver at (I have no association with the company and have never purchased from them).
According to an article (01/28/2007) in The San Diego Union-Tribune, this camellia has pink flowers with decorative yellow stamens and STRONG FRAGRANCE, a rarity in the camellia world.
According to the article Nuccio's Nurseries (in Altadena, CA) is developing new fragrant camellias. A family-owned nursery for 71 years, Nuccio's enjoys a worldwide reputation for hybridizing and growing exceptional camellias and azaleas. Nuccio's is one of the breeders striving to add fragrance to what is already a beautiful flower.
There are species camellias that are quite fragrant, but because their flowers are so small, they aren't popular with the home gardener, Tom Nuccio said. There are less than a dozen fragrant camellias sold for the home gardener, but Nuccio expects that number to grow because of current work he and other hybridizers are doing to cross C. lutchuensis, with its distinctive sweet fragrance, with other cultivars with showy flowers. C. lutchuensis has a sweet fragrance resembling jasmine with lemon overtones. It's not a likely candidate for landscapes because the shrub has very small white flowers and an ungainly, sprawling growth habit.
Among Nuccio's favorites are Minato-no-Akebono, which has pink flowers with decorative yellow stamens and strong fragrance; Minoto-no-Haru, with vivid pink and fragrant flowers; and Kato-no-Kaori, which has small rose-pink flowers.


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

Canyon Country, California

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