Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'Pearl Maxwell'

Camellia japonica

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


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

By grafting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Carmel, California

Marietta, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Portland, Oregon

Richmond, Virginia

Ames Lake, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 13, 2010, AliciaTremblay from Ames Lake, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I planted this one a couple weeks ago. The blossoms have held up surprisingly well through the consistent rains we've had since then.


On Aug 17, 2006, HollyBC from Comox, BC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've just pruned this so don't have a picture as it's *in recovery* however I'll add the details I know. This plant is likely 15 or more years old, planted in the shade in what I'd estimate to be Zone 7B. I'm estimating the Zone as I only moved here a year ago and am still analyzing what possible micro-climate situations exist as this is an acre plus property with huge trees surrounding it.

This Camellia was planted directly beside a Debutante Camellia so we've two stems eminating from the same area (and worse there was --operative word *WAS* -- I hope! -- a Hydrangea planted within another 2-3'. Good grief - what were they thinking?? We've pruned it back considerably this year hoping to get some centre growth it was not exhibiting thus making it into an appearance of on... read more