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PlantFiles: Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Silver Waves'

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

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ddfaith On Jan 28, 2006, ddfaith from Brea, CA wrote:

Hi there!
I have one of these and it has been doing well under a patio in shade but recently the blooms have not opened and perfectly green leaves have started to fall....
I've feed it with plant food designed for it but not sure what to do next!
Please help!

Positive Moonglow On Feb 21, 2005, Moonglow from Corte Madera, CA wrote:

This is a GREAT specimen plant. Excellent for my zone. I'm trying to become more choosy with my plants...collecting the ones that will be happy in my zone. Plants that will not need to be wintered inside the house. Low-maintenance.

Spectacular blooms!


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

Brea, California
Corte Madera, California
San Jose, California

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