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Camellia japonica 'Unryu'

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

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
By grafting
By budding
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive M_Bond On Feb 22, 2004, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I grow this rare camellia in a large pot on the patio, specifically for its unusual zig zag branching pattern. At each growth node on a branch, the growth changes direction, and so creates a twisted, contorted form.
It originated in Japan, and in a description I found "the name 'Unryu' means 'dragon in the clouds', because to the Japanese the plant apparently looks like a dragon climbing up into the sky." It has single dark pink flowers in the late winter (mine is just beginning to bloom today on February 22), and is a very attractive shrub.


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

Daly City, California
Redwood City, California
Livingston, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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