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Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'Professor Charles S. Sargent'

Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Professor Charles S. Sargent
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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:


Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Fallbrook, California

La Jolla, California

Laguna Beach, California

San Clemente, California

Bartow, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Port Orange, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bordelonville, Louisiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Simmesport, Louisiana

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Greenville, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Broaddus, Texas

Houston, Texas

Huffman, Texas

Livingston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 31, 2005, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

Developed at Magnolia Gardens, Charleston, SC in 1925. Blooms around Christmas time. Full peony-type flowers are a rich, dark red.

This is probably my 2nd favorite of all my camellias. The blooms are full, tight peony style - to me they look like carnations - and are a rich, dark crimson color that I have not been able to capture on a photograph. It is entirely carefree. I do nothing more than "hack" it back after it blooms. It is growing in deep shade on the North side of my house. It blooms heavily each year starting around Christmas and continuing into early March.