Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia
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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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Provides winter interest

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 budding

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Daly City, California

Redwood City, California

Livingston, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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.