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Camellia japonica 'Kumasaka'

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Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kumasaka
Hybridized by Tokoyo Nursery; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1890

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Foliage:
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive RonDEZone7a On Nov 28, 2009, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

Camellia japonica "Kumasaka" does very well in my garden in Wilmington, Delaware (Zone 7a), which is on the northern edge of the range for most camellias. This variety shows excellent hardiness, with nice glossy evergreen foliage and no damage at the end of winter. It is definitely one of the (non-hybrid) Camellia japonica varieties to try if you are around the northern part of the camellia belt. "Kumasaka" is a good bloomer as well - April seems to be the peak bloom time for me in northern Delaware. This variety is known for some sun tolerance. I have mine in both full and part-shade (i.e. half-day afternoon sun) and they seem to do equally well.

Positive DreamOfSpring On Mar 22, 2005, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of the most floriferous camellias in my yard. At only 1 yr old and 18"T x10"W it was covered top to bottom on all sides with 4-5" blooms! By comparison, the larger camellias on either side of it each bore only a handful of blooms.

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

Spectacular blooms in winter. Easy to care for, at least here in Corte Madera, CA. Great specimen plant. Adds drama to a shade garden.

Regional...

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

Mobile, Alabama
Corte Madera, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Brooklyn, New York
Garner, North Carolina
Crockett, Texas
Richmond, Virginia
Waverly, Virginia
Bonney Lake, Washington
Graham, Washington
Grand Mound, Washington



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