Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'Mathotiana'

Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mathotiana
Hybridized by hybridized in Europe
Registered or introduced: 1940
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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:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Dark/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Eatonton, Georgia

Coushatta, Louisiana

Conway, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 24, 2016, Brerfox24 from Eatonton, GA wrote:

We have grown this plant in Eatonton, GA since 1949 at several different residences by moving rooted cuttings from the original plant. A great plant, pest free, great natural form, wonderful as a specimen or in mixed buffers. Highly recommend this plant for any southern garden. Always blooms by the second week of December. We call this plant Mthotiana rubra or Julia Drayton.

Positive

On Apr 30, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

We've grown 'Mathotiana Rubra' for 40 years. The ruby red flowers tinge with purple as the flowers age. It has a lovely form. MotherNature4

Neutral

On Apr 29, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Formal double red Camellia variety, with really big and elegant flowers.

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